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Opening 4 

History 18 

Campus 34 

Clubs and Candids 68 

Performing Arts 106 

Greeks 112 

Sports & Athletics 132 

Metro 160 

Administration 176 

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t is the subtle blending of two worlds that allows 
us to achieve success and peace of mind. 

S/7ie coor/cfofc//*ea/?i$. . . dreams are necessary for creating 
that first step towards setting goals for the future, as well as for 
providing a creative outlet for our thoughts and ideas. 

THE WORLD OF REALITY... breathes life into our dreams 
for the future through hard work and dedication, while also 
providing a check on plans that may be temporarily out of our 

This book blends together the themes of dreams and reality to 
show how they compliment each other in our memories. It is 
only through dreams and hard work that we will find success 
and happiness. Our years at college play a big role in our future 
paths, as it is a stepping stone towards who we become as adults. 

While earning a college degree may have been the primary reason 
why we came to American University, we found out right away 
that our education would extend beyond the classroom and 
campus, opening up a world of opportunities and possibilities. 

In dealing with the realities of everyday life, we concentrate on 
where we want to go in the future. We form dreams, set goals and 
use our skills enhanced from our experiences in life to overcome 
barriers and complete our tasks. And then we dream again. 

And the cycle endlessly continues... 

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he American University 
has a rich history, dating 
back to the time when it 

was chartered by an act of Congress in 


We were given the support by the 
dream of General George Washington, 
who wanted a national university in 
Washington D.C. that would stand as 
a symbol of excellence for the country 

While it took time for our university 
to build a name for itself, it did so in a 
way that demanded attention and the 
respect it deserved. 

From protests to national speakers, 
American University has stood at the 
forefront of academic excellence in pro- 
viding opportunities for life after 
graduation. It seems as if the dreams 
of our founding fathers hav 


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University Arckives 

resident Woodrow Wilson conducts the ceremony 
for the official opening of The American University on 
May 27, 1914. 

Special tkanks to Arnold, <£/) ie College of History, later renamed Hurst Hall, in 
University Archives the late 1800s. 


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-resident Franklin Delano -president Dwight D.Eisenhower 
Roosevelt receives his honorary de- speaks with President Hurst Robins 
greefrom Chancel <li M. M. Anderson at the Opening Ceremony 

Gray. of the School of International Service 

on June 9, 1957. 

2.0 AU: Past, Present & Future 


who served 

on AU's Board 

of Trustees 

Teddy T^oosevelt 

Oalvin (Z-oo\\acj& 

C^rover Cleveland 

Warren -Harding 

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\\)ooarow Wilson 

FVcmKlm Roosevelt 

3okn T~, Kennedy 

T-Xviqn+ D. (Sinsenhower 

herald Pord 

■Harry Truman 

Building a university 

When Congress charted The American 
University in 1893, it envisioned a school of 
advanced governmental studies that would 
help shape future leaders. But, could it ever have 
imagined how officials would use this school 
to help shape the world? The American 
University has been lucky enough to host key 
political and social figures since its founding. 

Our political connections began in 1889 when 
President William McKinley was asked to serve 
as an AU Trustee. Even though an assassin's bullet 
would rob him of that chance, other presidents 
have found their connections with AU to be more 
conducive to their longevity and health. Presidents 
also served AU in other ways. 

In 1993, Bill Clinton would act as a 
graduation speaker and, what many students 
do not know, is that Jimmy Carter was even 
asked to serve as AU President! 

But AU would act as much more than a 
runway for a presidential showcase. Robert 
Kennedy would address our Washington 
Semester students five years before his death. 
The Dali Lama would use his visit to campus in 
1984 to spread a message of peace and make a 
political commentary on the persecutions in his 

AU also attracted international politicians 
as well. Kim Young Sam, President of South 
Korea, and Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma had 
only kind words for AU when they received 
their honorary degrees. 

American University has a long-standing 
history with the Washington scene. Officials 
travel here to speak, debate and offer praise to 
the school and its community. We have worked 
hard to maintain our reputation of involvement 
and kept the dream of a politically influential 
hub alive. 

Would John Fletcher Hurst and his 
Methodist followers even recognize ! 


T-'Ko+os Courtesy 
of tke American LAniversify 


(jhancellor Bishop John Fletcher Hurst at the ground 
iking ceremony on March 5, 1896 for the College of 
History building, which would later bear his name. 

zjDuring the ceremony that marked the laying of the 
cornerstone of the McKiuley Building, President 
Theodore Roosevelt addresses the croivd. 


drawing of the campus map, 
taken from the 1948 Aucola. 

-/Juring World War 1, The American University's cam- 
wused U. S. military soldiers for training before 
shipped off to Europe. 

22 AU: Past, Present & Future 


resident John F. Kennedy participates in the reces- 
sional after addressing the Class of 1963 during Com- 
mencement exercises. 

continued from /><{(/<? 2/ 

American University? We can assume that our 
founders would be proud of the University we 
have built. 

American University adapted to this ever- 
changing world in many ways. Whether it be 
by increasing tuition or adding buildings, the 
vision of John Fletcher Hurst and the Methodist 
community evolved into a diverse, growing 
place dedicated to academics and community 

The tents of Camp AU, which decorated the 
quad 80 years ago, were a doughboy's last stop 
before being shipped off to war. Our minority 
population has grown from the first few African 
American students who were admitted 27 years 
before Brown vs. Board of Education to about ten 
percent of our student body. 

We have obtained, from the women who 
began it, the Washington College of Law, which 
shifted the focus of the school away from 
government. The Lucy Webb Hayes School of 
Nursing and Continuing College Education 
began and ended within three years. Thirty 
years ago, students founded buildings in which 
the pursuit of art, music, chemistry and 
communication could flourish. The Washington 
Semester program of 1947 allowed interested 
people from around the country and the globe 
to work through AU in learning about the 
government in our nation's capital. 

As the university grew, it became much 
more than a place for learning. We noticed that 
changes were made to improve the lives of the 
students and not just their minds. In 1980, the 
Career Center opened to help students with 
their lives after AU. Many panel discussions, 
like the American Forums on Communication, 
were established to promote the circulation and 
development of ideas. 

With the rich past and culture that AU 
offers, we must always remember that heritage 
and strive to continue making the dreams of 
our founding fathers and their success*: 



tZfhe quad has been a place of refuge for lounging stu- 
for many decades. 

'leeping on the couches in th 
lobby of Mary Graydon Center is an 
age old tradition that can still be 
found at All today. 

tJtudents participate in a vest but- 
toning contest, in which women 
would wear gloves and attempt to 
button a man's vest as quickly as 

nZF rater nity members celebrate 
their chapter initiation with a special 

ilice forces use tear gas to break up organized pro- 
tests during the Vietnam War. 

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While the geographic outline of the AU 
campus has changed, many aspects of the 
student body have not. The same type of 
student has been drawn to this university from 
the very beginning. Perhaps these are aspects 
typical of all college students, but the eternal 
AU community is bonded by a continuity of 
beliefs, traditions and experiences. From then 
until now, students could be found sleeping on 
the couches in Mary Graydon Center, studying 
on the quad or pleading with a professor to hold 
class outside. Whether they were driving a 
Packard, a VW Bug, a Nova or a Jeep, AU is 
renown to all generations for its lack of parking 
spaces. These details make up the quintessential 
AU existence. 

Alum can relate to stories of moving-in 
blunders, dorm life and excursions to the 
National Mall. Even WAMU stands as a 
gateway to the past, a fixture on this campus 
since the early days of radio. It has evolved from 
a simple one-turnstile-one-man operation into 
a station with thousands of volumes of every 
style of music that any student can enjoy. 

Other personality characteristics seem to be 
shared by AU students, old and new. A higher 
political consciousness has drawn people to this 
university. Campaign posters have long 
covered bulletin boards and leaflets are always 
strewn about the quad. 

Such a heightened political consciousness 

sparked one of the largest Vietnam protests in 

this area. AU students and other young people 

from across the District stopped cars to talk to 

anyone who would listen, handed out leaflets 

and blocked traffic in a peaceful protest. 

Unfortunately, this large rally also sparked one 

the biggest cases of police brutality in the area 

at the time. Yet, not even fire hoses, police clubs 

and imprisonment could deter this crowd. They 

selflessly continued on their struggle for t 



tJtudents walk their pets across the quad on campus. 
Policy now states that only fish are allowed in the resi- 
dence halls. 

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rotesters gather in Ward Circle on May 5, 1970 to 1 
protest American involvement in Vietnam and to voice 
opposition to the shootings at Kent State. 

Photos Oourtesy 

of the ;Am L 'i'i lt in (,\ni\'iM'sity 


tJmoking on campus is now only 
allowed on certain floors of the resi- 
dence halls. Students in the past were 
allowed to smoke in common areas, 
but classrooms were usually off lim- 


-Pledges take part in an initiation ceremony. Due to 
■ trict rules regarding hazing, fraternities and sorori- 
:' not as free with initiation ceremonies as their 

26 AU: Past, Present & Future 

O^h September 15, 1968, students are overjoyed to hear 
that the university would allow beer and wine on cam- 
pus. This tradition has since faded away, with All's sta- 
tus as a "dry" campus. 

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When not out fighting injustices, the fun- 
loving spirit stands out. Music can often be the 
definitive marker of a generation. Chicago, the 
Grateful Dead, Bonnie Rait and Better than Ezra 
- each band a symbol of their time - have played 
here. Long before no-smoking sections, smokers 
found the steps of Mary Graydon a haven for 
their habit. 

The tradition of The American University 
stands as a continuous path that our students 
can not help but follow. We walk down this long 
road, enjoying the same delights as our 
predecessors, hardly aware of the traditions of 
which we are now a part. 

This is not to suggest that nothing has 
changed here in 100+ years. The symbols of AU, 
from our flag and emblem to the look and feel 
of Clawed, have undergone serious changes. 

The ill-fated "The" has also disappeared 
from university stationary, but many students 
of past and present remember our days as the 
definitive university for America. Quigley's and 
Maggie's no longer provide locals with an array 
of drinks and good music on Tuesday and 
Friday nights. 

Surprising to most people, AU sports have 
often been a dominant force in their sections. 
Our football team had a great record in 1973, 
only a few short years before it was disbanded. 
Gymnastics, too, gave American national 
recognition. Golfing and fencing attracted many 
students, when they had full sport status. 

Each fraternity's favorite pet dog no longer 
roams the halls of their frat houses. Roper, Gray, 
McCabe and Clark have become more useful 
as office space for professors. Sororities, too, 
have lost their "sorority rooms" with couches, 
tables and, sometimes, a piano for each of them. 
Of course, these were the days when a "large" 
pledge class consisted of ten people! The greeks 
and other on-campus organizations no longer 
elect "Sweethearts," girls chosen for their 
popularity and contributions to the comrr 



' tudents take a moment out from dancing to speak with 
friends at the Sadie Hawkins dance, which lias become 
an AU memory. 


.aving class outside on a sunny day is a tradition 
that is still carried out at AU. Students, however, are 
most often the ones who must invoke the past and con- 
vince their professors to head outdoors. 


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Inother AU tradition that has cfymnastics athletic events at AU 
died out was the i 'mi's Dinner, were very popular and successful, as 
which featured a holi y for evident for the national recognition 

it brought to campus. 

area children 

AU: Past, Present & Future 

t^ueens and fraternity sweethearts pose for a picture. 
This tradition is still seen at AU today, but has been 
downscaled dramatically. 

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Sororities and fraternities of American 
University also used to hold two major social 
events a year. The Songfest, in which members 
of each organization would have to perform 
before the students, no longer fills our halls with 
music. Competition was fierce back then, as 
they bid for great prizes. Moreover, the Sig 
Olympics - including a pie-eating contest - 
offered a chance for all of the AU men to show 
off their physical prowess and impress the 
ladies. The male-female ratio came out to an 
almost equal percentage back then. 

Freshmen, too, had a more difficult period 
of adjustment than today's classes. During a 
very solemn ceremony, each student was 
capped with a beanie by an upperclassman. 
Each new student had to sport the headwear 
during the first few weeks of school. They were 
also required to string signs around their necks, 
detailing their name, hometown, major and 
other assorted interesting information. Besides 
providing the upperclassmen with some fun, 
these tactics were used to help new students 
get to know each other a little better. 

Luckily, we have witnessed the resurgence 
of some parts of our antiquity believed to be 
long forgotten. The pomp and circumstance of 
University Opening Ceremonies came back in 
the early 1990s to a gracious welcome. The joys 
of Homecoming, too, which had long been 
absent from our calendar year, returned around 
the same time. The Graduation Committee has 
again begun to invite high-class officials to 
speak after a ten-year lull. 

Tradition here at AU seems to be a give- 
and-take experience. Some are better off as 
distant memories, while the fun others might 
bring to the community lie in waste. Yet, we 
have not lost touch with our roots. Students 
who attend this university remain joined by a 
common spirit. We can learn from the past, 
dream about it and grow with it. But we always 
need to make our own present-day di 

Year in 



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• Mars Voyage - Path Finder eras) 
lands on Mars 

• The last word from Pathfinder October 7, 

1997 ^TTWlMBm 

• Princess Diana & Dodi Fayed die in a 
car accident on August 31, 1997 

• Elton John's rewritten version of 


• Septuplets Born to Iowa couple (the 
McCaugheys) - 4 boys, 3 girls - all live 

• Justice Dept. tries to take down 

• Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks 
(January 1998) 

• TWA flight 800 explodes 

Candle in the Wind," becomes highest '; • Government Claitqg^lFO sightings in 

selling single (Sept .J^7 
• Comedian Chris Ffirley dies 
El Nino storms \/ j. 

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New Mexico are weather balloons (June 


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• Chicago Bulls win NBjT&hampionship against President 

>e is alloiygd to proceed 
y on, per Supreme 

4-3 against Utah Jaz 

• Detroit Red wings beat Washington 
Caps in Stanley Cup finals 

• Robert Mitchem (actor) dies 

• Titanic becomes highest grossing 
movie ever made 

• Clinton Visits American University 
(September 1997) 

Court ruling that a president may be sued 

while in office 

•Ted Kazinsky undergoes trial as the 


• Israel celebrates its 50th birthday 
(April 1998) 

• SPICE GIRLS Storm the World 

• Florida Marlins defeat Cleveland Indians' 


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n the seventh game of the World Series 

* Louise Woodward (British Au Pair) 
'ound guilty, but judge overtur 
is "time already served" 

* Judge in Woodward trial makes history Ahamed Yassin 

more "west friendly' 

• John Huang arrested after trying to flee 


icoln Bedroom 
• Assassination botched against Sheik 

\iy being the first to release the verdict of 

i trial over the Internet 

' Kelly Flinn, bomber pilot, given a dis 

tonorable discharge from service 

■ Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney sexual h 


assment case 

• Hong Kong turned over to China, led by 
Tung Chee-hwa who becomes the first 
Chinese leader of the region (July 1, 1997) 

VIAGRA released on U.S. market 
Advances in cancer research 

• McVeigh found guilty in Oklahoma 

Ron Carey accused of misappropriating City bombing trial (June 1997) 
undsfor Teamsters Union • McVeigh later sentenced to death 

Fred Thomspon investigates Clinton/ 
ore finances during election 

• Big Tobacco coughs up documents and 
admits knowledge of addictive/ cancerous 

ssissippi Attorney General Michael 

Laurent Kabila - the large sub-Saharan nature of their products (June 20, 1997). 
ountry of Zaire became the Democratic 
lepublic of Congo. 

Pol Pot caught, but died before 

Mohammed Khatami tried to become tory." The occasion: a settlement be 

Moore hailed what he called "the most 

c public health achievement in his- 


Year in Review: June '97 - May '< 

Year in 

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the tobacco industry and the attorneys 
general of 40 states worth billions of dol- 
lars in exchange for the industry's immu- 
nity from future legal action. 

• July 1997 - Andrew Cunanan commits $ 
cide in Florida after suspected MJfing spn 

• July 1997 - Gianni Versace, designe 
killed. Cunanan suspected. 

Sept 5, 1997 Mother Tlteresa dies 
William S. Burroughs, writer, dies 
Allen Ginsberg, poet, dies 
Michael Dorris, writer and novelist, 



Grappelli, jazz violinist, dies 
Kooning, artist, dies 

• Rou Lichtenstein, artist, dies 

• JonBenet Ramsey killing stiti unsoJv^df • James Michener, novelist, dies 
no leads ° /^\\\ ^Sviq toslav Richter, pianist, dies 

• UPS strike affects millions of businesses 
across world 

• Bull Market on Wall Steet 

• Line item veto originally upheld by Su- 
preme Court, with provision that it would 
befurthe ked at once "cases with 
standing" si? federal court. 

• School shootings nation wide 

• Americans Spend $15 billion on alterna- 
tive medicine 

^Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographer, 

• Eugene Shoemaker, comet co-discoverer 

• Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, dies 

• Charles Kuralt, broadcast journalist, 

• William J. Brennan, retired Supreme 
Court justice, dies 

• Deng Xiaoping, Chinese paramount 


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eader, dies 

* Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm 
£ & civil rights activist, dies from burn 
njuries suffered from afire. Her grandson 
vas later suspected of starting the blaze. 

* Paul Tsongas, former U.S. senator and 
iresidential candidate, dies 

1 John Denver, singer and songwriter, 

lies in a plane crash 
Notorious B.I.G., rap artist, dies 
Michael Hutchence, INXS lead singer, 

Murray Burnett, playwright, dies 
Burgess Meredith, actor (ROCKY), dies 
Red Skelton, 

' Jimmy Stew 
Tony Blair a 

vin elections, 

nto power 

* Revolution in Zaire 

zvins his first Superbowl as 
a member of the Denver Broncos 

• Asian Markets in trouble! collapse 
•Abortion Clinic bombings (Jan.1998)- 
Fugitive bombing suspect Eric Rudolph 
still on the run from authorities. 

• Independent counsel Ken Star begins 
his investigation into President Clinton, 
with possible impeachment ramifica- 

• Whitewater continues 

• Jim McDougal dies 

• KC Martin plays golf in cart 

• Marion Barry announces he is not seek- 
additionaljjsxm as D.C. mayor 

• Two suicide bombings in Jerusalem dur- 
ing the summer left 22 dead, including five 
bombers , a n d hg 4ght£fied Israeli fears. No 

ress yet in the Israel/ Palestine Agree- 

Year in Review: June '97 - May '98 

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erhaps the best part of being a 

member of the AU community 
was the fact that there was al- 
ways something happening on or around 
campus. We were not only educated in the 
classroom, but also benefitted from events 
like Artemas Ward Weekend and Presi- 
dent Clinton speaking in Bender, which 
created memories that will fondly be re- 

Freshmen may nervously remember 
the SOAR programs while sophomores 
and juniors were able to jump right back 
into their college routine. Seniors tried not 
to go insane with graduation looming 
ahead, which would end four very short 

years of their lives. 

In the time spent here, we became a com- 
munity dedicated to advancing our < 
mon and individual goals for the 

Undents took advantage of international 
cuisine at a weh r held in Bender Arena 

civil/ in the school war. 

'ike Smith tries to get the crowd's attention 
by blowing bubbles at the Club Fair. The Clul 
Fair featured tables manned by campus 
organizations interested in recruiting new 

enovations to the 
Ward Building began 
early spring semester, 
forcing the school to utilize 
all of the campus buildings 
to make up for the lost 
classroom space. 

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rVraffic rules were tested as the south side 
of campus opened a road between McKinley 
and the Letts-Anderson buildings. The road 
was later closed because of concerns for 

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not only 

heat, but 

new faces 




to AU. 

// orkers transplant trees into 
the small garden in front of Bender 
Library. Due to pipe and drainage 
renovations, incoming students 
were not able to get the feel of lying 
in the middle of the quad on a 
sunny day until after classes 

Pkoto by A^elisso C-av\na*ozzi/~Cr\/e Talo 

By Mike Kalyan 

The summer was the perfect time to make changes to AU, both 
to its community and physical campus. Freshmen arrived over the 
summer to participate in the SOAR programs in order to familiarize 
themselves with the campus before arriving for the beginning of 
classes. Students were able to meet faculty members, register for 
courses and get their student IDs to make their first week of classes 
a little easier. 

The SOAR programs also had activities that introduced incom- 
ing freshmen to the AU community. The Club Fairs allowed campus 
organizations and clubs to set up tables and recruit new members. 

Some students, however, arrived before the beginning of school 
for another reason. They were participants in the Freshmen Service 
Experience, which sent volunteers out into the city to perform hours 
of community service. Students worked soup kitchens, volunteered 
at non-profit organizations and cleaned up the landscapes of local 
communities as part of FSE. 

The beginning of classes also marked the beginning of a series 
of renovations to campus, from correcting drainage and pipe prob- 
lems on the quad to completely renovating Ward Building. While 
Ward was being renovated, students were forced to take classes in 
any available space on campus, including the formal lounges in the 
residence halls. 

But, despite the renovations, students were still able to enjoy 
the last days of summer on the quad before their schedules fille 
with work. 

Summer Events & Reno 

XJcaling "Mt. American," one adventur- 
ous student slowly makes her way up to J 
the top. The carnival had a great turnout » 
of students and alumni -wanting to have a | 
good time. 

On The Qu 

By Jared Pinkos 

For the first time in two years, Artemas Ward Weekend, Ameri- 
can University's first major event, was able to go off without the 
threat of rain. Hailing the first Commander-in-Chief of the revolu- 
tionary army, and the man for whom Ward Circle is named after, 
thousands of members of the AU community came out for the ac- 
tivities under the Artemas Ward Weekend banner. From the carni- 
val on the quad (highlighted by the simulated skydiving machine), 
to food from area vendors, students enjoyed spin art, caricatures, 
various other carnival rides, a KPU-sponsored Oliver Stone speech 
and the grand finale concert coordinated by SUB featuring George 
Clinton and the P-Funk All-stars. 

Coinciding with the weekend was Alumni Weekend, which hon- 
ored the alum that graduated in spans of five years back from 1997. 
Due to the duo-weekend, attendance for alumni almost tripled as com- 
pared to last year's festival. The alumni found a much livelier campus 
with more activities. With events such as alumni dinners and a drive- 
in movie - The Graduate - many enjoyed themselves during their visit. 
Another weekend was featured in the early fall, this time honor- 
ing thoN different relationship to AU. Family Weekend coin- 
cided with Midn I Madness, giving families a taste of the life and 
experiences of their iege student. From the wonders of the nation's 
capitol to eating a , Mew Orleans' Jazz Brunch, families got a 
taste of where their tuition money was going. Also included in the 
weekend was the computer fair at the Campus Store and an exclu- 
sive showing of the play Patience at the Experimental Theater. 
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akinga turn on the simulated 
skydiving machine at the 
Artemas Ward Weekend carni- 
val, one student tries to experi- 
ence the "rush" of 'what it feels 
like to remain suspended in mid- 
air. Artemas Ward Weekend ex- 
perienced sunny weather after be- 
ing rained out for two years in a 


oning out and groovin' to the funk of 
Zeorge Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, stu- 
ients were able to enjoy the finale of Artemas 
Ward Weekend. 

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Artemas Ward, Parents and Alumni Wee rev 


For the Madness? 

More than 3, 100 fans packed into 
Bender Arena Friday, October 17 to 
celebrate "Midnight Madness," one of 
AU's largest events. 

The Student Confederation spon- 
sored a weeklong celebration to bolster 
attendance for the final event. The week 
kicked off that Tuesday with a charity 
volleyball tournament, followed by a 
Kennedy Political Union speech on 
Wednesday featuring Kareem Abdul 
Jabbar, who spoke about the exploita- 
tion of college athletes. 

Early Friday evening, the "Fun- 
nel" attracted students to the tunnel 
under Butler Pavilion where they 
could play games and win prizes. 

It wasn't until later that evening, 
however, that the madness really began. 
People packed into Bender Arena to 
cheer on the first legal practice of the 
basketball season. Before AU's sports 
teams were announced, the Phi Mu so- 
rority proclaimed that Justin Perillo, 
Class of 1999, was elected the winner 
of the Big Man on Campus competition. 

After the teams were announced, 
a few students were given the oppor- 
tunity to win a year's worth of tuition. 
Their opportunity came in the form of 
a basketball-shooting contest in which 
they had to make a series of shots. For 
the second year in a row, no one was 
able to claim the $27,000 prize. 

basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wo 
brought to campus by KPU for a Midnigl 
Madness-related speech about the exploitatio 
of college and professional athletes. 

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Pl-voto by Melissa ^annafozzi/XKe 7.J. 

Plwto by Melissa Carmaroasi/TkeTo 

Members of the American University cheerleading squad hoot 
holler in an effort to inflame the crowd with spirit. Their efforts 
were rewarded with a huge turnout of dedicated fans. 

Csve Eagle fan gets a boost from a member of the Men 
Basketball team at the final event of the SC-sponson 
Midnight Madness Week. 

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Hail to ihe Chief 

By Jared Pinkos 

American University will remember 
President Bill Clinton for more than his 
personal life this past year. They will re- 
member him for his surprise speech Sep- 
tember 9 th in Bender Arena when he out- 
lined his political agenda for the follow- 
ing three months. 

It may not go down in history as one 
of Clinton's most brilliant speeches, but it 
will be deemed a relatively important one. 
His first major appearance since returning 
from a three-week summer vacation in 
Martha's Vineyard, he addressed many 
different agendas during what is now 
dubbed his "Back to Work" speech. 

In front of a crowd of 4,200 people, SC 

President Neal Sharma introduced 
Clinton by discussing the challenge of fac- 
ing frontiers in American history. AU 
President Benjamin Ladner gave his cre- 
ative side a try in a poem dedicated to the 
spirit of American University. 

To the echoes of thunderous applause, 
Clinton told the crowd that he would con- 
tinue to push for campaign finance reform 
and that senators who tried to block these 
changes would be held accountable. He 
also pleaded that former Massachusetts 
Governor William Weld, be given a fair 
hearing on his competency for the ambas- 
sadorship to Mexico, strongly opposing 
the personal efforts of Sen. Jesse Helms 
who eventually stopped the nomination. 

Plioto by ;A. 

(president Clinton addresses the AU com- 
munity in a surprise speech on September 9th. 
Students waited for hours in line just to get a 
ticket and later returned in order to get a good 

Midnight Madness & President C 

L'neAU graduate takes a break from the fes- 
tivities to catch her breath and focus on the 
fact that she was now the recipient of a degree. 

<s t group photo outside of Bender Arena cap- 
tures the proud moment for the memory book. 

l-'lu't,' l>y pA&ussa i- annarozzi/T \\e 1 . J 

- IJeethw 

t^Fjeeting family and friends after the 
commencement ceremony was difficult. 
Graduates, planning ahead for the crowd 
that milled around the outside of Bender 
Arena, told their relatives to meet them 
at specific landmarks, like at the statute 
of Clawed, AU's eagle mascot. 

The American University 

Winter Commencement 

Sunday/January 25, 1998 

Speaker: World Bank Vice President 

Ismail Serageldin 

42 Campus 


bil^resident Benjamin Ladner 
sends the new graduates forth 
after the ceremony. 

CTt's a\\ ove»*! 

Winter Commencement 







degrees and 



to change 

the world 

The American University's 106th commencement ceremony 
on Sunday, January 25th bestowed degrees on 450 new gradu- 
ates from each of AU's individual schools. While Winter Com- 
mencement may be smaller than its spring counterpart, the mean- 
ing of the day was still the same. It marked both a beginning and 
ending for its new alumni, who listened attentively as World Bank 
Vice President Ismail Serageldin gave them advice for living their 
lives after AU. 

Serageldin, who is also a member of AU's Center for the 
Study of the Global South advisory board, received an honorary 
doctorate in international affairs from American University and 
related many facts that shocked the audience, such as in the time 
it took for him to address the crowd, 600 people had died of hun- 
ger-related causes. 

President Benjamin Ladner, who followed Serageldin, later 
told the graduates that it was important for them to recognize 
the support from their parents and faculty members before go- 
ing out on their own with their degrees from such a "first-rate" 
university as AU. 

The student speech was given by Daren Langhorne, a CAS 
summa cum laude graduate, who was the recipient of a bachelor's 

With dignity and pride, the new graduates filed out of 
Bender Arena, stepping ahead to achieve their goals and dreams. 

l-'lu-to by Melissa (Z£\nt\afo22\/~C\\e.~Ca\o 

Winter Commenc 

Junior Bradley Wliitc sings at 
A Night of All Talent" in the 

Tavern. White's group captured 

first place in the show. 


Spirit Activities 

By Crystal Wicker 

"Arabian Nights" was the theme for this year's Homecoming, 
which included a number of exciting events: Set, Spike and Serve 
Charity Volleyball Tournament, Ballroom Dancing with the 
Berendzens, Men's and Women's Basketball games and Saturday's 
parade and pep rally. 

Greeks stylishly strutted their stuff with attitude, pizzazz and 
spunk in the Greek Fashion Show. "A Night of AU Talent" show- 
cased a variety of awesome students who lip-synched, sang, danced 
and played instruments ranging from keyboards to guitars and vio- 
lins. Triumphing as first place winners were a cappella singing sen- 
sations CAS freshman Paul Hardin, SOC sophomore Steven 
Lawrence and CLEG junior Bradley White. 

"We put a lot of effort into the performance," said White, "and 
we were glad that we were so appreciated... we're looking forward 
to next year's show." The Latin Mardi Gras, sponsored by SIS, fea- 
tured a live salsa band. The band performed a variety of popular 
Latino music including meringue, bachata, and of course, salsa. 

There was tons of spirit at the Homecoming Parade, featuring 
floats by nu-iv AU organizations, as well as the AU Mime Club, 
cheerleader ' Hine High's marching band. Phi Mu won first 
place for the », with Hughes Hall coming in second and 

Chi Omega at third p I 

Student Confedera n Vice President, Stefanie Altman, worked 
closely with the Homecoming Director Mickie Mailey and the Home- 
coming staff to provide the weeklong activities. 

44 Campus 


the week 
up for the 
game on 

xsn accordance with the 
Homecoming theme, students 
dressed up in arabian attire to 
promote their organization in 
the eyes of the community. 




ty A • 

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M-V« } ' ] 



isters front the Chi 
Omega sorority show their 
spirit with Clawed, AU's 

Homecoming Activities 

Homecoming 1998 

"Arabian Nights 



elly Knepper and Stuart 
Dcnyer proceed down the stairs 
as representatives of the 1998 
Homecoming Court. 

tst on 

omecoming King Eric 
Campbell and Queen Jenny 
Menser pose for a quick shot as 
their magical evening was about 
to end. Campbell and Menser 
received the most votes, earning 
them the titles as king and 
queen of the Founder's Day 

. -\ 

"PKoto conrlesy of tl\e SfuJt?n< C-onfedemtu 


embers of the 1998 Homecoming Court pause for 
a moment during Homecoming Week to take a picture 
to commemorate the coming together of a successful 

46 Campus 

Founder's Day Ball 

By Crystal Wicker 

Held downtown at the illustrious 
Sphinx on K street, the Founder's Day 
Homecoming Ball highlighted the end of 
the festivities for the week, making Home- 
coming 1998 the most memorable ever. 

Guys and girls alike made sure to dress 
their best, wearing a dazzling array of fancy 
dresses and spiffy tuxedos. While American 
University provided bus transportation to 
and from the ball, some students opted to 
take cabs or drive themselves. Neighboring 
restaurants, such as Porter's Steakhouse and 
New Heights, were populated by members 
of the AU community before heading off to 
the dance. 

With a live swing band and disc jockey, 

AU students danced the night away. 
Amidst the captivating two-level, crystal- 
chandeliered ballroom and magnificent 
dinner and dessert buffets, students, fac- 
ulty, and alumni gathered to celebrate the 
expanded 16-member court. 

With poise and elegance, court chair- 
persons Jeanine Bongers and Crystal 
Wicker, who was a member of the Talon 
staff, proudly announced the court mem- 
bers. The crowd cheered for Delta Chi's 
Eric Campbell, who was crowned king, 
and Jenny Menser, of Chi Omega, who 
reigned as queen. 

"My friends and I can't wait to see 
what's in store for next year," concluded 
SIS sophomore Mara Hill. 

Pt\o+o by Melissa Oannarozzi/TUe Talo 

5 I lAth eyes for only each other, two students 

t get lost in the moment during a slow dance. 

; iShe Founder 's Day Ball, held at the Sphinx, 

~' was the perfect finale to Homecoming Week 

I 1998. 

The Founder's Day Ball 47 


utgoing SC Vice President Ste- 
fanie Altman recalls some of the good 
memories she made during two terms 
as an executive. 


ew SC President Andrew Major 
begins his term in office as he is 
pinned by outgoing President Neal 

.All photos 
bv fAeMssa CUxnnarozzw Lhe Talon 

« 7 eal Sharma, outgoing SC president, thanks the many people 
he worked with during his term in office. 

48 Campus 


ie 1997-1998 SC Executives take one last 
moment together to celebrate a successful and 
fulfilling year. 

Tke 24tk,A»wncil 







and outlined 
future plans 

at the SC 


By Mike Kalyan 

The student government of American University celebrated the 24th 
Annual Student Confederation Transition Ceremony on Friday April 
17 in the McDowell Formal Lounge. 

In a formal opening of the ceremony the event was called to order 
by Jennifer Dunham, the new Speaker of the General Assembly Fol- 
lowing opening remarks by Chris Chrisman (1997-1998 Chief of Staff), 
Provost Cornelius Kerwin and President Dr. Benjamin Ladner, stu- 
dents were recognized by the SC for their work within the student 

The heads of the media, school and class presidents and organiza- 
tional heads were officially recognized for their efforts within the struc- 
ture of government at AU. Also honored were those students who 
worked within the SC for their entire college career, earning the "SC 
Tenure Awards." 

Following individual group recognition, the SC executives hon- 
ored their appointees with kind words and token gifts of apprecia- 
tion. Winners of the SC Scholarships were announced and special SC 
awards were also bestowed. 

The final part of the ceremony included speeches by both the old 
and new SC executives, which reminisced about previous years and 
detailed plans for the future. 

Following the official ceremony, participants hopped into rented 
limousines to celebrate with a night driving around town before end- 
ing up at a party in Georgetown. 

Student Confederation Transition 


Spring Fling 





;AII plv i 'Mi'+esy of 

TAiVor PKo+ograpKy- 


r ormer U.S. Ambassador to the Repub- 
lic of Korea James T. Laney addresses the 
crowd in the SIS/SOC commencement cer- 

jA+ Last! 

Graduation Arrives 

By Mike Kalyan 

After years of exams and papers, students at American Univer- 
sity finally reached the goal that resulted from long hours of study- 
ing. On May 17, 1998 in Bender Arena, The American University 
conferred 739 Bachelors, 538 Masters and 26 PhD degrees during its 
107th Commencement Exercises. 

Three separate ceremonies were held to bestow the degrees. The 
School of Public Affairs and the Kogod College of Business Admin- 
istration went first at 9 a.m. and featured U.S. Secretary of Educa- 
tion Richard Riley. Chris Chrisman, SPA, and Gina Flacco, Kogod, 
gave the student addresses. 

The College of Arts and Sciences ceremony was held at 1 p.m. 
and featured Israeli statesman and Nobel Peace prize winner Shimon 
Peres. Adina Silberstein gave the student address. Celebrating his 
special day in his own zany way, Chris Noll delighted the crowd by 
jumping on President Ladner during the degree confirmation. 

The School of International Service and School of Communica- 
tion ceremony was held at 4:30 p.m. and featured former U.S. Am- 
bassador to the Republic of Korea James Laney. Heather Wagner 
and Elizabe T"obbe were featured as the student speakers. 

During ee ceremonies, the City of Alexandria Pipes and 

Drums enterta ! .> crowd with bagpipe music and a senior en- 

semble sang "Ami the Beautiful." 

After the ceremonies, each school had a reception for its new 
alumni in which students and their families could mingle with pro- 
fessors and members of the administration. 

52 Campus 


began their 


into the future 

as they 


the stage 

to receive 

their degrees. 


doctorate student is as- 
sisted by her sponsor in don- 
ning the garb of her peers. 

I School of Communication Dean Sandy Ungar congratulates 
Beth Tobhe as she goes to receive her diploma. Tobbe was also 
chosen as the SOC student speaker. 

Spring CoMMENCEMtr 

CZcxivMOtAS se**vei^s 

Marriott staff 


'tudents take advantage of the Marrio\ 
holiday party held each year in TDR. 

S.E. Nunamaker 
Robert Schweickert 
Ingrid R. Jon 
Daisy Daquilanea 
Kimberly Higgins 

General Manager 


Operations Director 

Marketing Manager 


Terrace Dining Room 
Chuck Braun Unit Manager 

Jeff Kurtz 
Robert Baker 
Sally Corley 
Holli Fry 
Glenn Kasofsky 

Production Manager 

Relief Manager 

Service Manager 

Service Manager 

Late Night Supervisor 

Madeline Spurlock Daytime Supervisor 

Mark Sowers Unit Manager 

Wendell Hawkins Executive Chief 

Wilson Rose Service Manager 

John Sylvester Catering Manager 

Tavern / Clawed's 
Cindy Brown Unit Manager 

Linda Barber Production Manager 

George Tomonari Student Manager 

Christine Lum Student Manager 

Mike Bauer Unit Manager 

Robert Nofsinger Production Manager 

l.y Civisfma ,\\. I '. 

c 'jailing a package is made easy by having Mailboxes 
Etc. located right on campus. Mailboxes also has a copy 
center located at the end of the tunnel. 

*_She Industrial Bank ofWashington provides the con- 
venience of on-campus banking services to interested 

By Jacob Brown 

Whether you wish to see the Wash- 
ington Capitals, visit Maui or get a cup of 
soup, the underpass through Bender arena 
is a goldmine of stores and shops. You just 
need to know where to look. 

Taking a leisurely stroll through the 
tunnel, the first stop is the Travel-On travel 
agency From winter vacation in Europe 
to Spring Break in Cancun, Travel-On has 
great student rates for trips to almost any- 

But instead of dreaming about vaca- 
tions, the reality of mid-terms and finals 
emerge as Mailboxes Etc.'s copy center 
comes into sight. Taking the place of 
Kinko's, the copy center always serves its 
purpose in the late-night rush to make 
copies of papers and notes. 

If you want to look good for any oc- 
casion, Glida's Hair Salon is a great place 
to get a manicure or haircut for reasonable 
prices. The next store, Starquest, offers 
video rentals and the chance to purchase 
new and used CDs. 

AU's only salvation to Marriott din- 
ing, Armand's, lies further down the tun- 

nel and always has great pizza and serves 
a wide variety of food. 

Next down the line is Mailboxes Etc. 
They have everything you need to mail 
any size package, as well as transfer 
money, fax papers or rent a personal mail- 
box. An on-campus drycleaning store of- 
fers students the chance to look their best 
for internships or when dressing in for- 
mal attire. 

The Industrial Bank of Washington 
provides a variety of banking services for 
students. While IBW has been the focus 
of many reforms this past year, the final 
product has produced a professionally run 
bank dedicated to serving its customers. 

Across from IBW, AU also has its own 
Ticketmaster branch. From concerts to 
sporting events, AU Ticketmaster offers 
students a chance to get off campus and 
have some fun. 

Although AU has a small campus, it 
offers many services to its students. The 
newest addition to the tunnel, a late-night 
coffee house, is scheduled to open during 
the summer, giving students a chance to get 
a decent cup of Java while studying. 

<cfetiing a haircut or renting a movie are just a 
the services that students can take advantage of 
Butler Pavilion tunnel. 

few of 
in the 

Marriott & Campus Vendo 


Employees at the Campus 
Store stocked shelves with dif- 
ferent ki)ids ofAU-imprinted 


tJtudents were able to buy a variety of goods from 
The Eagle's Nest when cravings just wouldn't be 

(jampus store cashi ■ their best to move along 

the huge lines when stu had to buy books for the 


56 Campus 

.All photos by Ckristina McEW'tjII/Tlu Tolor 

«_/!» Eagle's Nest store worker stocks shelves during a 
lapse in business. 

Food, Books, Etc. 

By Jacob Brown 
& Mike Kalyan 

Two campus locations that always see 
a huge volume of student sales are the 
Eagle's Nest and the Campus Store. 

Conveniently located on campus, the 
Eagle's Nest offers a variety of everyday 
merchandise. Whether you're searching 
for necessities like milk and bread, or crav- 
ing for cigarettes or a sweet snack, the 
Eagle's nest has a plethora of items to meet 
students' needs. 

Above the Eagle's Nest, on the second 
and third floor of Bender Arena, lies the 
Campus Store. While foodless, the Cam- 
pus Store carries all your academic neces- 
sities: notebooks and books for your 
classes, school supplies and even 
terrycloth ducks for those enjoyable 
bubble baths in the residence halls. The 
first floor of the Campus Store has every- 
thing necessary to make your college ex- 
perience easy such as AU sweatshirts, 
hats, mesh shorts and gift items. The sec- 
ond floor has expanded greatly to enhance 

the computer, books and textbooks de- 

While the computer department 
has taken a few years to catch up, it is 
now functional and up-to-date with 
today's technology. But while you can 
buy RAM, software or the occasional 
zip drive, it still lacks a tech depart- 
ment to install them. This past year, the 
Campus Store has expanded the book 
department, which now includes thou- 
sands of non-school related books for 
the casual reader. It also created a 
lounge in which students may relax on 
couches while skimming through 

Despite many complaints students 
may have throughout the year about the 
textbook department, AU does a rela- 
tively good job at keeping books in stock 
and for re-ordering volumes. Textbook 
buy-back may mean a slight loss in your 
investment, but also provides cash for 
that necessary beer that is essential dur- 
ing finals. 

Campus Store & The Eagle's Nes 

iJiHA executives celebrate a success- ■ 
ful year of planning and events. 3 

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Res. Hall Memories 

By Jared Pinkos 

Students living on campus celebrated 
another year in the residence halls. How- 
ever, the year couldn't have been nearly 
as successful without the hard work of the 
Residence Hall Association (RHA). 

RHA has been responsible for many 
of the hall activities that students campus 
throughout the school year. From wear- 
ing the free residence hall shirts bearing 
the theme "Hitting a Home Run in the 
Halls," to dancing at the 9 th annual Win- 
ter Ball, RHA has been behind many of the 
big events of the year. The highlight of the 
year, the Winter Ball, was, according to 
RHA Vice President Miriam Miller, "a 
great succt and saw an attendance of 
more than 5( dents and residence life 


This year alsi ;ome firsts for the 

RHA and American Diversity student 
life. RHA President Chris Mohart and SC 
President Neal Sharma combined forces 
for the first time to organize a grand ef- 
fort to bring game facilities into the halls. 

58 Campus 

From billiards to Ping-Pong, students 
took advantage of this new effort. RHA, 
in another first, trained the floor councils, 
which were made up of elected residents 
of each floor, about floor programming. 
As a result, the number of floor-related 
events went up dramatically. 

Each residence hall contributed to the 
RHA's success. McDowell, Leonard and 
Hughes Halls had a "Grill on the Hill," 
which consisted of a barbecue, live band 
and lots of fun. In a related event, Letts, 
Anderson and Centennial halls had 
"Cheeseburger in Paradise," a Caribbean- 
style barbecue complete with a Rasta band. 

The outgoing RHA officers (consist- 
ing of Mohart, Miller, comptroller Mary 
Anne Morrocolo and secretary Jody 
Tuttle), as well as the AU resident com- 
munity hope that the incoming board 
members, President Matt Bennet, Vice 
President Alicia Rutherford, Comptroller 
Kurt Feibert and Secretary Greg Gadren 
will have as much success getting people 
into hall life as this year's RHA did. 

t. Members of RHA discuss plans and policies at a 
general meeting. 

t_Swo students take the time out from dancing for a 
picture at the annual RHA Winter Ball. 

Koto by MeVtssa C^annarozzi/ LKeXalon 

Pkotc In- Cki-istino McDowell/Tike Ta]on 

injuring the Mr. Hughes Hall competition, students 
got creative. This candidate dressed up like Celine Dion 
and lip-synched to "My Heart Will Go On." 

tJ tudents dance the night away during the RHA Win- 
ter Ball. 

Residence Hall Associate 






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Kennedy Political Union Speakl; 

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64 Campus 

SUB Events 

Student Union Board Events 

s^-anelists attending the American Fo- j 
rum often had to jump in and defend their i 
statements to both the crowd and their col- -f 
leagues. J 


American Forum 

July 14, 1997 

Summer Semester 

The White House through the 
*Held at Paramount Pictures ifi 

Fall Semester 

Lens of Hollywood 
Los Angeles 

September 9, 1997 

October 6, 1997 

November 3, 1997 

December 2, 1997 

Who Killed Princess Diana? The Paparazzi in All of Us 

Making the News Hip: Report 
Dropping the Ball: Coverage o 
Is the Sky Falling? The Market 

Spring Semester 

January ■ 1998 
February 17, I 
April 7, 1998 
April 29, 1998 
66 Campus 

Cinema as History: Amistad 

The Clinton Crisis: Reporting the News or Repeating the Rumors? 
What to Eat and How to Live: The Media & Public Healt 
Toxic TV? Children and Violer ce in the Media 

ing for a New Generation 
f Women's Sports 

s and the Media 

Une Brody answers a question 

tJ am Brownback explains his 
opinion after being questioned by a 
fellow panel member. 

American Forum 




S/aAina (jofifrH>l 


versity, we made the first 
step towards taking control 
of our lives. By joining a club or orga- 
nization, we made the first step to- 
wards forming friendships and gaining 
skills that would help us for the rest of 
our lives. 

College was not composed of just 
exams, papers and projects; it was an 
experience that helped shape who we 
wanted to become. Clubs and organi- 
zations gave us the opportunity to be- 
come leaders of the AU community, 
providing us with goals for the future. 
If experience was not what we were 
seeking, we were at least able to do 
something different with our days and 
evenings by participating in the diy 
events planned by our fellow : 

Clubs & Org/*' 

SO 1-Vesidenf 

Neal Sharma 

By Melissa Marion 
& Carrie Murdock 

Senior Student Confederation 
President Neal Sharma had high as- 
pirations for his term. A CLEG ma- 
jor with a business minor, Sharma 
was very active pursuing his goal to 
"change the way the SC operates in 
order to more effectively and effi- 
ciently serve our student body," 
Sharma said. 

Some of Sharma's biggest accom- 
plishments included: improving 
products, customer service and hours 
of operation at the IBW on campus; 
requesting and finding more funds 
for the library; increasing shuttle ser- 
vice while keeping tuition increases 
low; setting up new scholarships; 
tackling financial aid; creating an SC 

Info-Channel, and others. 

"And perhaps most impor- 
tantly," he said, "we worked overtime 
to return fun back to American 
University's campus." The SC did so 
by installing pool tables, Ping-Pong 
tables and game systems in the resi- 
dence halls, as well as playing a large 
role in getting an after-hours coffee 
house right on campus. 

"I have learned to manage and 
administrate people effectively, focus- 
ing on the task at hand, while at the 
same time having a high concern for 
the people," he added. "I have 
learned how to involve and listen to 
many different kinds of people; what 
each person had to teach me indi- 
vidually in their own way has been 


tJtudent Confederation President Neal Sharma tries his ham 
at ballroom dancing with Christy Kaucher. 

S/h&uhic/ent/ (jqnfe 

S(S Secretary 

Heather Wagner 

By Melissa Marion 
& Carrie Murdock 

Student Confederation Secretary 
senior Heather Wagner is an interna- 
tional studies major with a minor in 
computer information systems. The 
main responsibilities of the secretary 
include Artemas Ward Weekend, re- 
cruitment, and SC office management. 

Her goals were holding an out- 
door carnival for Artemas Ward 
Weekend, comprehensively distribut- 
ing the SC First Step to freshmen, in- 
volving new students in student gov- 
ernment, and maintaining and pro- 
70 Campus 

moting the Job Corps program. 

"Student government," Wagner 
said, "involves a lot of behind-the- 
scenes work, but it is also very re- 
warding. I've also learned that it is 
impossible to help every single stu- 
dent, but I'm confident that by mak- 
ing a difference in just a few people's 
lives, I've accomplished my goals." 

Her best experiences were "mak- 
ing lots of new friends as a senior, in- 
volving new faces in student govern- 
ment, being a resource for students, 
and getting to work with Neal, Stef, 
Charles, and the entire cabinet!" 


■ Ovist Mc 

iSlcather Wagner (r), SC secretary and 1997 
queen, congratulates her successor to the crown. 



By Melissa Marion 
& Carrie Murdock 

Vice President of the Student Con- 
federation for the past two years, se- 
nior Stefanie Altman is an interna- 
tional studies major in the School of 
International Service, with a minor in 
economics. She has high aspirations: 
her ultimate goal in life after college is 
to become an eastern European ambas- 
sador or, eventually, Secretary of State. 
Presently, though, she is enjoying her 
last year at AU by "having a good time 
and celebrating school spirit." 

Holding an executive office is a 
time-consuming, 24/7 job and 
Altman said that "it helps to have 
people you can always count on 
working with you." She said being an 
officer in the SC was "probably my 

S<S Vice President 

Stefanie Altman 

most rewarding experience at AU." 

Her goals were to "provide the 
AU community with a memorable 
Homecoming, an awesome Midnight 
Madness, alumni networking and 
better community relations" and she 
said that she accomplished those 
things she set out to do. 

"For me," Altman said, "being an 
officer did not mean just completing 
my own goals, but helping the SC 
team in different events and policy 
making." Altman's best experience 
was organizing Homecoming, spe- 
cifically the night before. 

Her advice to fellow students is 
"... never forget why you came to AU 
and what is important to you. Always 
be involved in any aspect of AU and 
always give back. . . I know I will." 

/ ice President Stefanie Altman takes a moment to relax dur- 
ing Homecoming with friend and Homecoming committee mem- 
ber Jeanine Bongers. 

S>(Z* (Comptroller 

Charles Redfern 

y Melissa Marion 
Carrie Murdock 

Junior Charles Redfern held the 
executive position of SC comptrol- 
er. His biggest goals were to do a 
'good job so that the programming 
and policy groups wouldn't have to 
worry about the finances. ..and 
ould spend all their time on their 
activities so they could be as effec- 
tive as possible, as well as to make 
sure the students' money was ac- 
:ounted for." 

Redfern believed that he accom- 
plished both of those goals. "I think," 

Redfern said, "the thing I will take 
from the SC is that anyone can make 
a difference if they believe strongly 
enough in something and if they are 
willing to put their time and energy 
into it." He added, "Often the best 
people are those who believe in some- 
thing, but instead of talking about it, 
they go out and do it." 

Redfern thanked his fellow stu- 
dents for the opportunity to serve and 
hoped they are satisfied with the ef- 
forts of the SC this past year because 
it was "about students wanting to do 
things to help their fellow students." 

Plwto by A^ike KnU. 

(jharles Redfern, the SC comptroller, focuses his t 
facts and figures in order to provide the SC with 

The Student Confederation Executives 

SO Office 


Presidential & vice presidential Appointments 

A.U.T.O. Commissioner Sergio Mora\ 

Board of Elections Chair Amy Baldwin 

Chief of Staff Chris Chrisman\ 

DCCC Representative Alicia Gibsonl 

Department of Communications Director David Wright 

Deputy Chief of Staff Denise Kupetz 

Inter-University Relations Chair Eric Eikenberg 

Kennedy Political Union Director Reuben Ackerman 

Media Board Chair Jennifer Barton 

Student Advocacy Center Chair Jennifer Denton 

Student Confederation Club Council Chair Natalie Koss\ 

Student Union Board Director Christy Kaucher 

University Budget Review Committee Chair Justin Cooper 

University Senate Representative Laura Gundert 

^A'ce ^Ef+esic/entia/ 0ffice/\s 


Alumni Affairs Director ^T. Michael Leibowitz 

Athletic Affairs Director for Policy Sara Allinder 

Athletic Affairs Director for Programming Chris Hall 

Community Affairs Co-Director Joanne Cossitl 

Community Affairs Co-Director Kelly Sanford. 

Homecoming Director Mickie Mailey 

University Spirit Director Meredith Mecca 

"72. Clubs & Organizations 


Secretarial & Comptroller Appointments 
I ^^ M SC Officers 

School & Class Presidents 

| ^kf f ^ v^eta/Ha/ Qffit *e/ss 

Artemas Ward Weekend Director Jon Kramer 

Archives Director Elizabeth Bangert 

Assistant Recruitment Director Noelle Hull 

Recruitment Director Amanda Perl 

Goni/jtrol/er Office/* 

Associate Comptroller Tom Bryer 

fS(j (9ffice/ss 

Black Student Alliance President Staria Williams 

Students for Healthy Decisions Director Chris Geidner 

Students for the American Volunteer Effort Director Maeve Hebert 

International Student Association Liz deGuzman 

'University Spirit Coordinator Eric "Soup" Campbell 

Constitutional and Procedural Review Board Chair Eric Khoobyarian 

Senior Class of 1998 Bernard Williams 

Junior Class of 1999 JeffGlazer 

Sophomore Class of 2000 Eori Greenspoon 

Freshmen Class of 2001 Dan Burrell 

<Sc/ioo/ ^B^ic/eiites 

School of Communication Michelle Moyer 

School of International Service Jason Liechty 

School of Public Affairs Adam Schramek 

College of Arts & Sciences Student Union Marcus Oberland 

Undergraduate Business Council Graziella Pagl 

Student Confederation Offici 

jAdvocacy (C-erv+er 1 

"The Student Advocacy Center's mission is to assist students in 'cutting 
through the red tape' inherent in any organization." SAC provides assis- 
tance and referral services to help students in all areas of University life, 
from financial aid to Conduct Council to registration and the residence 
halls. SAC's staff of highly trained student advocates are well-prepared to 
assist students in a confidential and prompt manner while working within 
established University guidelines so as to attain the best possible results 
for the students. 

Jennifer Denton, Chair 



'pus-zvide Student Confederate 

The Board ofElections conducts all campus-wide Student Confederation 
elections, including school and class council elections. It is also respon- 
sible for adjudicating all instances of elections rules violations. The BOE 
consists of nonpartisan students selected by the BOE chair. The chair is 
Minted by the SC President with the advice and consent of the GA. 

Amy Baldwin, Chairman 

SC organization information courtesy 
of the Department of Communications. 

74 Clubs & Organizations 

g- jAssembly 

Consisting of 40 voting members, each elected to a one-year term, the GA allo- 
cates the SC budget and represents the students ofAU. Members represent all 
underclassmen both on and off-campus. Representatives from residence halls 
and the freshmen class are elected in the fall, while in the spring, the class and 
school members are elected. The GA meets every two weeks, with committees 
meeting to take up business between sessions. 

Michael Drone, Speaker 

Committee on Student Life Chair Jeremy Woodrum 

Finance Committee Chair Nicole Gordon 

Government Operations Committee Chair Andrew Major 

Programmatic Review Committee Chair Jeannette Balkum 

University Administration Review Committee Chair Le Evans 

' Student Confederation 

Club Council 

The Student Confederation Club Council is the governing board for social/ 
special interest, professional and religious clubs and organizations in the 
Student Confederation. The SCCC funds clubs that receive approval from 
the Office of Student Activities/ University Union. Additionally, the SCCC 
provides programmatic support to the clubs it funds and works directly with 
their executive boards and constituencies to promote cooperation between 
clubs. In this respect, the SCCC operates in conjunction with the Office of 
Student Activities/University Union to schedule the annual club fair. 

Natalie Koss, Chair 

Student Confederation Organization- 



T-^oli+ical lAniorv 

The Kennedy Political Union brings provocative and informative speakers to cam- 
pus to educate, entertain and provoke the AU community. Named to honor the con- 
tributions of the Kennedy family to American political life, the Union strives to 
advance public discourse and provide a forum for the free discussion of opinions 
from across the political spectrum. Since its founding in 1968, KPU has presented a 
distinguished array of heads of state, members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, jour- 
nalists and statesmen, earning acclaim as the top student-run lecture bureau in the 

Reuben Ackerman, Director 

Students for the American 
M/olunteer Effort 

S.A.V.E. is a student-run volunteer organi- 
zation with many responsibilities. It helps 
other groups plan their own community ser- 
vice activities, works with individuals inter- 
ested in service and serves as a source of over- 
all information for classes and other members 
of the university community. S.A.V.E. has 
organized various activities including: cook- 
ing at the D.C. Central Kitchen, clothing 
drives, tutoring projects, and a Halloween 
Party for inner city children. 

Maeve Hebert, Director 

Student Union Board 

The Student Union Board is the entertain- 
ment nerve center for American University. 
The organization, more commonly referred 
to as SUB, is responsible for the myriad of 
events occurring around campus. On 
SUB's entertainment menu are offerings 
such as Artemas Ward Weekend Concert, 
Spring Fling, Family Weekend, Tavern 
events and concerts. 

Christy Kaucher, Director 

"76 Clubs & Organizations 

of (Z^on\n\un\czc\Y\ons 


The DOC is the one stop shop for all the communication needs of All's clubs and 
organizations. The DOC creates web pages, designs posters, writes press releases, 
advertises in The Eagle and publicizes on the university's new scrolling message 
information channel, in addition to facilitating a variety of other communication 
needs. The Department of Communications provides all of these services free of charge 
to clubs and organizations within the SC. The overarching goal of the DOC is work- 
ing closely with every club and organization in the Student Confederation to in- 
crease awareness of upcoming events and meetings. 

David Wright, Director 



The American University Transit Organi- 
zation is an inexpensive transportation ser- 
vice managed by students. AUTO provides 
service to many popular spots in D.C., 
which includes Georgetown, Dupont Circle 
and Capitol Hill. Additionally, AUTO of- 
fers its services to clubs and organizations 
on campus at inexpensive rates to trans- 
port their group wherever it needs to go. 
This service removes both the burden of 
paying high-priced cab fares and the risks 
of driving your personal automobile. 

Sergio Mora, Commissioner 

Students for Healthy 

SHD is the SC's health and wellness orga- 
nization. Its mission is to educate and in- 
form the campus community on a variety 
of health issues. SHD's programs focus on 
several main topics: HIV/ AIDS and other 
sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco, al- 
cohol, as well as other programs that include 
the Peer Speakers' Bureau. 

Chris Geidner, Dire* 

Student Confederation Officers 


Top News of the Year 


"Clinton calls 
for action in au speech" 

"Provost resigns 

"Rally demands union 

"Arson, burglary strike 
athletic vans" 

"grad programs 
RANKED high" 



^ Uembers of the 1997-1998 Eagle staff included Guerra, Alex R. Cohen, Elizabeth Bowles, Gre, 

(l-r): (front row) Steve Lott, Jess Scheer, Jen Bryan; (row 4) Kathleen Gaffney, Meliss 

Gauck; (row 2) Kellie Conley, Jody Garland, Brad Cannarozzi, Christina McDowell, Dave Roser 

Dicken, Laura Gonzales; (row 3) Robbie Wa (row 5) Harrison Smith. 

ll-riter Robert Spuhler frantically types 
in his story for the current issue. Staff 
writers and contributing writers were seen 
typing away at all hours of the night. 

lien deadline ed the stress lev- J 

els in the office, production staff members j, 

Jody Garland and Jen Gauck grooved to it 

the music ofSantana in order to keep sane, i 

78 Campus 

rying to cut a straight line, staffer Robbie Wa Guerr 
attempts to take the computer print-outs and fit them togetht 
to form the page. Wa Guerra also served as Music Editor. 


Talon file pkoto 

Photo by Mike Kalyan/TKe Talo 

//embers of the 1997-1998 Talon staff included tal Wicker; (row 2) fared Pinkos, Joshua Trager, Mike tAJusiness Manager Jacob Brown tests the 
-r): (front row) Carmen lezzi, Melissa Marion, Kalyan, Jacob Brown, Stacy Wendkos, Stephanie optical illusion of the Washington Monument 
arrie Murdock, Nevine Younes, Amy Tram, Crys- Good, Melissa Cannarozzi. during a photo shoot. 




Pdoto by Homson Smitb/TKeTalo 

Plwto by Milce KalyoiAI I .. 

e /Jan aging Editors Craig Hein (Editorial) and Melissa Cannarozzi 
(Photography) pose for a picture down on The National Mall. 

Editor in Chief Mike Kalyan and Photography Coordinator 
Hammerman discuss the best way to crop a photo. 

The Eagle & Tht 


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PKoto by Ckristina MdWell/Tlw Talon 

A merica n Literary 

Photo by Melissa Cannarozsi/TK.! Talo 

80 Campus 

7\yy\e.A<zc\v\ Television 


The three main purposes of the media board are to regulate campus me- 
dia, serve as a communicative forum for campus media and allocate 
funds for campus media. The Media Board is made up of the head of each 
of the media on campus (excluding The Eagle) and their voting represen- 

Mike Mazzacco, General Manager 

Media Board 

The three main purposes of the media board are to regulate campus media, 
serve as a communicative forum for campus media and allocate funds for 
campus media. The Media Board is made up of the head of each of the me- 
dia on campus (excluding The Eagle) and their voting representatives. 

The 1997-1998 Media Board 

ledia Board Chair Jennifer Barton 

American Literary Media Head Anne Sheridan 

Linerican Television Media Head Mike Mazzacco 

he Talon Media Head Mike Kalyan 

WAU Media Head Robert Spit 

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Afghanistan 3 Costa Rica 2 Hawaii 6 

Alaska 3 Crotia 1 Honduras 1 

Alabama 5 Cuba 2 Hong Kong 3 

Albania 3 Cyprus 1 Hungary 1 

Algeria 2 Czecholsovakia 3 Idaho 2 

Angola 1 Delaware 29 Illinois 78 

Antigua 1 Denmark 1 India 3 

Argentina 11 District of Columbia . . 334 Indiana 25 

Arkansas 3 Dominican Republic 5 Indonesia 12 

Arizona 21 Ecuador 8 Iowa 10 

Australia 2 Egypt 2 Iran 4 

Austria 1 El Salvador 16 Iraq 1 

Bahrain 11 Estonia 1 Ireland 1 

Bangladesh 1 Ethopia 7 Israel 3 

Barbados 1 Finland 1 Italy 3 

Belgium 1 Florida 145 Ivory Coast 4 

Boliva 7 France 12 Jamaica 8 

Botswana 2 Gabon 2 Japan 143 

Brazil 13 Gambia 1 Jordan 6 

Bulgaria 4 Georgia 2 Kansas 19 

California 137 Georgia (U.S. State) 42 Kazakhstan 5 

roon 3 Germany 10 Kentucky 14 

Canu 12 Ghana 5 Kuwait 15 

China . . 2 Greece 7 Liberia 1 

Colombia 22 Guam 2 Lithuania 1 

Colorado , 36 Guatemala 4 Louisiana 16 

Congo 2 Guyana 1 Luxembourg 1 

Connecticut 182 Haiti 8 Macedonia 2 

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Madagascar .*?". . . . . 1 

Malaysia 3 

Mali 1 

Massachusetts 222 

Maryland 378 

Maine 25 

Mexico 5 

Michigan 35 

Minnesota 40 

Missouri 35 

Mississippi 1 

Montana 5 

Morocco 11 

North Carolina 39 

North Dakota 3 

Nebraska 9 

Netherlands 5 

New Hampshire 35 

New Jersey 400 

New Mexico 8 

New York 566 

Nevada 5 

Nicaragua 2 

Niger 1 

Nigeria 3 

Norway 4 

Ohio 107 

Oklahoma 9 

Oman 3 Taiwan 1 

Oregon 17 Tanzania 3 

Pakistan 5 Thailand 6 

Panama 25 Tennessee 19 

Pennsylvania 479 Texas 69 

Peru 9 Togo 1 

Philippines 7 Trinidad and Tobago .... 9 

Poland 4 Tunisia 1 

Puerto Rico 44 Turkey 27 

Qatar 4 Uganda 2 

Rhode Island 54 Ukraine 4 

Romania 6 United Arab Emirates . . 18 

Russia 14 United Kingdom 23 

Saint Vincent 1 Uruguay 2 

Saudi Arabia 39 Utah 3 

Senegal 7 Venezuela 9 

Sierra Leone 3 Vietnam 1 

Singapore 2 Virginia 263 

Spain 13 Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11 

South Africa 4 Vermont 14 

South Carolina 11 Washington 37 

South Dakota 1 Wisconsin 26 

South Korea 49 West Virginia 13 

Sri Lanka 3 Yemen 3 

Sudan 2 Yugoslavia 5 

Sweden 12 Zaire 2 

Switzerland 6 Zambia 

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hat better way to express 
the creativity found in 
dreams than through the 

world of art? Whether it be from music, 
dance, theater, sculpture or paint, we 
were able to express our artistic sides 
through a variety of outlets. 

In Watkins, art exhibits were brought 
to the university community at different 
points throughout the year. The Depart- 
ment of Performing Arts scheduled plays 
that took us to other places and times. 
The orchestra and dance performances 
invited us to enjoy the culture that sur- 
rounds such events. 

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a zone of creativity and accorrj 
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■ ecoming a member of the 
American University greek 
system had both positive 
and negative effects. The stereotypes 

surrounding greeks nationwide did 
show itself on AU's campus, but this 
dedicated group of individuals strove 
to prove the stereotypes wrong. 

By performing hours of community 
service, showing school spirit or spon- 
soring events for charitable organiza- 
tions, these individuals showed that 
they cared about the university. 

At many major events, like the 
Homecoming parade and Anchor 
Clanker, it was the greek community 
which usually had the strongest pres- 

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Alpha Sigma Phi 

• Jason Yanussi • Ryon Provencer • Anthony 
Oliveri • Dave Siegel 'Mike Separ • Chris Fickes 

• Will Buckingham • Mike Boudreau • Zac 
Feingold • Jake T?angaTP»» Jim Riley • Dan 
CateriniccHa «y5eth Okin • Scott Kozak • Chuck 
Curtin • Ryan Helmrich • Josh Feldman • Tim 
Starke • Steve McCulloch • Jeremy Wisemiller • 
Scott Stein • Pat Moore • Dan Shuman • Pete 
Patrone • Robin Chadha • BJ Frank • Jesse 
Hereford • Bob Goldberg • LukasUmana • Eben 
Molloy • Austin Aldrich • Neal Mueller • Josh 
Fuller • Nick Burton • Dave Horowitz • Paul 
Horwitz • Jordan Ray • Rick Hellings • Daniel 
Dominguez • Mike Fabricant » Pete Simon • Jace 
McColley • Adam Apirian • 

Alpha Sigma 


Delta Tau Delta 

'Xgg-J - 1998 Delta Tau Delta Events 

• Delt Movie Night 

• D.C. Central Kitchen 

• Habitat for Humanity 

• Cherry Blossom Parade 

• Adopt-a-School Annunciation 

• Formal at Baltimore Aquarium 

• Semi-formal at the Key 
Bridge Marriott 

Charles Alers • Nico Antoncio • 
Rome Arquines • Aaron August • 
Brian Bennenati • Michael Bergmarer 

• Tom Bezas • John Byrne • Andy 
Chilcoat • Bentley Coffey • Kyle 
Cruley • Sean Farell • Jasen Farmer 

• Jason Fetter • Jim Galligan • John 
Hrubovcak • Austin Erik • Michael 
Kaufman • Joel Kopperend • Ted 
Kowalsky • Aaron Krouse • Joe Laska 

• Dave Lefort* Michael Masraroff • 
Christopher Mc Arthur • Jamie Miller 

• Carey Ng • Rob Nichols • Kenji 
Omori • Tom Palermo • Rosario 
Palmieri • Justin Pascoe • Mike Pepe 

• Scott Rezendes • Anthony Ring • 
Michael Rivor • Paulo Rossetti • Matt 
Rudo • Jeff Ryder • Pete Scudese • 
Aaron Shamshoian • Alan Shenman 

• Pete Sheridan • Eric Singer • David 
Soauss • Chris Thompson • Mike 
Thompson • Alex Titolo • Bernard 
Williams • Yiaway Yeh • Zenon 
Zawada • 

Delta Tau Dei t 



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Pi Kappa Alpha 

1997 - 1998 Pi Ko 

ippa y\lpKd Events 

• Chapter initiation 

• Formal at Doubletree Park Terrace 

• Semi-formal at Paper Moon 

• Greek Week 

• Delta Gamma Anchor Clanker 

• Homecoming Parade 

• AIDSwalk 

• Campus Beautification Day 

Jordan Berns • Jacob Brown • Seth 
Capozza • Brian Crandall • Ian DeWeedt 

• Larry Dworetsky • Le Evans • Jeff 
Forte • John Glazier • Greg Gorski • 
Paul Haberman • Brandon Kriner • Jim 
Krustapentus • Neal Kumer • Jeff Leone 

• Mike Lewis • Dave Loos • Jason Lubitz 

• Earl Pierce • Jeff Polyak • Dan Sculerati 

• John Senn • Harrison Smith • Riccardo 
Spadola • Peter O'Donnell • Phil Cook 

• Gregg Lefkowitz • Geoff Long • Dan 
Meyer • Mike Miller • Ron Piroli • Greg 
Sottolano • Scott Stunzenus • Jay Rao • 
Dan Costa • Jordan Hass • Eric Tilton • 
Alex Rothstein • 

Pi Kappa Alp 


Phi Sigma Kappa 


Dave Goldman • Jim Cho • Terrance Green • 
Mike Considine • Oscar Szigeti • Brian Smoot 

• Drew Iddings, President • Randy Weisz • Al 
Keeley • Ryan Haaker • Adam Strouse • Abie 
Ftaiha • Hank Walther • Will Perrich • Andres 
Parker, Sentinel • Ian Faigley • Matt Pacinelli 

• Rob Richman • Dario Taccini • Steve Hage, 
Secretary • Jason Efthimiou • Jimmy Whalen 

• Cory Butler, Inductor • Matt Dryer • Rob 
Hartman • Mark Vise • Jon Silberlicht, 
Treasurer • Larry Fraser, Vice President • Josh 
Probeyahn • Doug Wardley • Joe Collins • 
Vinny Catapano • Brian Birkett • Albert 
Stumm • Nick Ganjei • Joe Ottinger • Gibran 
Augustine • Jon Fegler • Gary Mahmoud • 
Nick Kampars • Thomas McWilliams • Josh 
Chernikoff • Larry Vitali • James Cangialosi 

• Matt Doris • Kevin Barker • Anuj Gupta • 
Seth Lando • Will Spransy • Kenny Koza • 
Serdar Bankaci • James Acuna • 

Phi Sigma Kai 


Sigma Alpha Mu 

Vincent Balascio • Jason Bronis 
Chad Clifton • Adam Cooper • Adam 
Dilts • Stephen Fairman • Jacob Fults 

• Josh Grossech • Pete Kaplan • Ben 
Keidan • Kevin Lawlor • Jay Leveton 

• Kevin Lynch • Jason O'Malley • Chi 
Omin • Ben Pearlman • Josh Poole 
Eric Pritchard • Jeff Schoenwetter 
Barry Schwartz • David Sheahan 
Aaron Stronberg • George Weppler 
Paul Wexler • Ryan Wolfe 


Alpha Chi Omega 

Melissa McCain, President • April Carson, VP 
Fraternity Relations • Amy Fox, VP Chapter 
Relations & Standards • Sarah Ross, VP Finance 

• Lindsay Harris, Membership Development • 
Jill Shapiro, VP Intellectual Development • 
Marilena Balbi, VP Education • Amy Siegel, 
Rush Chair • Kara Marchione, Panhellenic 
Delegate • Stacey Muangman, Communications 
Chair • Kimberly Carlson • Lori Keeling • 
Mindy Kogan • Kristin Mannino • Elsa 
Militello • Nicole Spore • Erica Tekel • Linnea 
Tocci • Mitzi George • Stephanie Hajatian • 
Rebecca Farley • Kathleen Filipczyk • Jodi 
Levine • Allison Orr • Jennifer Smith • Ty 
Allioth • Amy Baldwin • Angela Guzman • 
Devon Hardy • Robyn Levich • Gail Moleski 

• Jean Petrillo • Rebecca Rosenstein • Carroll 
Stephenson • Corina Testa • Nicole Auffrey • 
Carly Baetz • Renee Boffa • Kerri Eckhardt • 
Amanda Halpern • Elizabeth Klug • Catherine 
Leitner • Jennifer Scherz • Johanna Welsh • 
Kara Badyna • Sarah Berman • Heather Berger 

• Deborah Caig • Mary Grace Calafiore • 
Courney Cohen • Laura Evans • Dana 
Finkelstein • Rebecca Goldberg • Cam 
Henderson • Noelle Hull • Nicole Monteforte 

• Rachel Paticca • Lee Roberts • Christine 
Schilke • Adrianne Domiziano • Elizabeth 
Gragg • Julie Katz • Melissa Patterson • Angie 
Salam • Emily Sloan • Catherine Young • 
Megan Baumoel • Christina Chagin • Caryn 
Dyson • Kathleen Gaffney • Sarah Goldman 

• Jenna Grigsby • Genna Griffith • Melanie 
Goldfader • Katie Hanrahan • Carolina Hidea 

• Kara Hoopes • Ming-Huey Jeng • Laura 
Kropp • Rebecca Leonard • Nicole Le\ 
Erin O'Connell • Mary Rhoad^ 
Rothamel • Jenny Siregar • Emily 

Sigma Alpha Mu & Alpha Chi Omega 



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Alpha Epsilon Phi 

• Sari Brandwine • Amy Indursky 

• Sharon Block • Susanne Bassett 

• Heather Brown • Jen Buckman 

• Taryn Casey • Soo Chun • 
Lauren Ellentuck • Melissa Farr • 
Heather Fenney • Carrie Ferrence 

• Pam Fertel • Cristin Fiorelli • 
Rachel Forte • Jackie Gallagher • 
Sherene Glaver • Danielle Gold • 
Marisa Gonzalez • Jo Halpern • 
Taryn Houghton • Robyn 
Kalastein • Tara Kashanian • 
Debbie Leitner • Shari Lieberfarb 

• Mary Little • Jen Lu • Tammy 
Liday • Stacy Malina • Erica 
Mellick • Jen Polon • Betsy Preser 

• Tammy Pinchin • Leslie Richin 

• Shayna Sacks • Beth Samberg • 
Jayne Schapiro • Monica Sheehy 

• Rachel Slaw • Kerry Szeps • Jen 
Tropello • Tracy Vengelish • Sara 
Wynrib • Sherry Rumoczy • Carla 
Brandywine • Emily Pollinger • 
Elizabeth Heimblet • Ali Kurtz • 
Jen McWilliams • Danielle Brown 

• Susan Gilberg • Jo Kavitsky • 
Julia Sivitz • Stacy Weiner • liana 
Weisbrod • Carrie Murdock • 

Alpha Epsilon Phi 

• ' V|„«_ 


Chi Omega 

Carri Commer • Rosa DeAngelis 

• Leah Dickie • Nicole Gabrielle 

• Jayna Gadomski • Elena 
Galanides • Tracy Gammage • 
Juliana Garcia • Anna Gisetti • 
Sarah Grdina • Lori Greenspoon 

• Liane Hicks • Danielle Hohos • 
Erin Hausman • Marcy Karin • 
Hilarey Kirsner • Jackie Kruger • 
Allison Loritz • Amy Luphold • 
Deena Lysaght • Jenny Menser • 
Beth Norton • Megan O'Neil • 
Mary Peterson • Jennifer Powers 

• Rima Rahman •• Anna Robins • 
Jamie Rose • Sarah Rosen • 
Cynthia Rowley • Neetu Sabnani 

• Stephanie Sawyer • Vicki 
Schantz • Linde Schenken • Julie 
Shaw • Allison Small • Liz 
Stursky • Elana Tapper • Evette 
Ungar • Heather Wagner • 
Meredith Wellman • Crystal 
Wicker • Jessica Yaw • Andie 
Zuniga • Evelyn Akers • Becky 
Bosco • Vanessa Deering • Tracy 
Dry • Stephanie Flynn • Heather 
Helm • Nicole Ingraham • Jenny 
Koyama • Amanda Laszcych • 
Brooke Lehrer • Nicole Lillibridge 

• Tara Lubin • Melissa Marion • 
Lauren Romm • Gillian Rubii 
Justine Ruggio • Lisa Shoe 
Allyson Sullivan • Rache 

Chi Omega 

Phi Sigma Sigma 

"■•i/i.'."* -s> 

Josette George, Sponsor • Natalie 
Aleksiev • Stephanie Ball • Kimberly 
Bookman* Heather Carroll • Tracy 
Cazeault • Elizabeth Courard • 
Meredith Cronin • Karen Cullinan • 
Heather Curtis • Shea Davis • Melanie 
DeCicco • Renee DeLuca • Danielle 
Dowling • Katie Duggin • Rachel 
Federman • Andi Fisher • Yasmine 
Forourd • Katrina Haugen • Melissa 
Hayden • Kate Hazleton • Aimee 
Heilbrunn • Lisa Herndon • Ema 
Kitamura • Keri Kean • Jessica 
Kenderian • Alison Kennedy • Kelly 
Knepper • Maya Lachman • Jill 
Lebowitz • Nancy Lengel • Jamie 
Marmor • Bree McKenna • Kimberlee 
Murphy • Jessica Nuzzo • Kate O'Brien 

• Jen Ohms • Jen Richardson • Diana 
Roday • Anna Saito • Courtney Sedor • 
Christina Sengelaub • Lauren Silk • 
Rachel Smith • Amelia Sutton • Amy 
Thomas • Anna Toenniessen • Christine 
Tribble • Kate Walsh • Janis Wexler • 
Lindsey Wolkoff • Michele Weiner • 
Kate Zimmermann • Erica Zupancic • 
Ashley Burg • Erika Borodinsky • Dina 
Barsky • Bonni Cellini • Dana Dunne • 
Lissy Fuller • Natalie Furlett • Sara 
Iniguez • Emily Lawson • Abby Wolfson 

• Jamie Stich • Dawn Remshifski • 
Martha Hemphill • Allison Greenberg • 
Corey Hribar • Melanie Altaresai * I 
McAuliff • Nicole Landset 
Margolius • Francesca Miller 

Phi Sigma Sigma 


Sigma Delta Tau 


Mia Abeles • Carrie Bariunas 
Elisha Briones • Jamie Daly 
Meredith Danielson • Jill DeMay 

• Andrea Dinar • Alison Drab 
Galit Erdos • Miki Feinberg 
Rachel Feinstein • Jamie Fuller 
Biz Goldenberg "Heidi Gorman 
Piper Hendin •Alyson Herman 
Stacy Hoffman • Nissa Hudak 
Kristina Judice • Sarah Loesch 
Marci Lorber • Robyn Martin 
Kelly McAskill • Meg Murphy 
Shira Rosenstein • Kym Sanders 
Kaitlyn Saxe • Lauren Schwartz 
Leanne Scott • Allison Seidman 
Allyson Sereboff • Laurie Shapir 

• Valerie Sloan • Doreen Tagjer 
Silke Walby • Marlene Zipin 
Betsy Zucker • Jamie Bloom 
Samantha Breit • Anna-Liisa Corsi 

• Raleigh Fenton • Ashley Flanigan 

• Ashley Fitzgerald • Jennifer Fults 

• Alisha Goldberg • Jen Hale • 
Joslyn Hitter • Jill Hreljanovic • 
Amanda Karll • Rachel Klein • 
Theodora Konstantopoulos • Caren 
Morris • Candice Myerson • 
Natalie Nymark • Stephanie Oddo 

• Annika Olson • Gracie Prescott • 
Chopin Raban • Michelle Robin • 
Heather Rutman • Alyson Scr 

• Charlene Smith • Audrie ; 
Casey Witwicki • Kristine 

Sigma Delta Tau 


( Wfien &i<eam& fffiecame (Reality 

. reams of winning national 
tournaments are common 

for sports teams, but it takes 
a special group of dedicated individuals 
to realize that dream and play the game. 

The Men's Soccer and Women's Bas- 
ketball teams had fantastic seasons, but 
were unable to complete their dreams 
of national titles... but it didn't matter 
because they did it for the love of the 

While our sports teams may not have 
attained national laurels and praise, they 
were the victors in our hearts and minds. 

They did what few Other organizations 
were able to do - to unite the entire uni- 
versity as a whole. For that alone, we 

must thank them and wish them luck in 
the future to make their drea 



I-Vto by ^m.mda Hamm^mo«/X1«! TaU 

Ptu-ilo by ^A.n^nJ.i H^m-nt'i'mon/"! lu 7. J 

1 34 Sports and Athletics 

*J0enf& fSoccer^ 

PKoto by Harrison Smith/The Talon 

Men's team sets school, 

national records 
with successful season 

By David Rosen 

AU's most successful sports 
team added another page to a 
legend that already includes 
the longest game in NCAA his- 
tory. The AU Men's Soccer 
team gave fans a thrilling sea- 
son that started with an upset 
of then #2 Virginia 3-0 at 
Reeves field and ended at Vir- 
ginia 2-1 in the quarterfinals of 
the NCAA tournament. 

The Eagles trailed Virginia 
Commonwealth 2-0 at half- 
time and then came roaring 
back to tie the game at 2-2, los- 

ing the CAA title in a penalty 
kick tie-breaker. 

AU rallied from behind to 
beat W&M on a goal by senior 
defender Stephen Franzke 
with ten seconds remaining to 
get to round two of the NCAA 
tournament, where they got a 
1-0 win over Maryland. The 
season finally ended at Vir- 
ginia with a 2-1 loss in a game 
that the Eagles led 1-0 before 
Virginia came back in double 
OT. Overall, the Eagles played 
in ten overtime games, setting 
a school record. 

Pl\oto bv jAmanda Hommei'mi m/Tlw T^-ilo 

Photo by -HafWson Smith/The Talon 

Men's Soccer 




omen & u ] oceer^ 


Squad earns both 
individual and team 
recognition H 

By David Rosen 

The 1997 AU Women's Soc- 
cer team completed a season 
filled with both individual and 
team accomplishments that 
starkly contrast their 7-10-1 

The high point of the season 
came with a victory in the 
Holiday Inn Invitational 
Championships at SUNY 
Stony Brook. The Eagles 
topped Hofstra 2-1 in round 
one, and then the host 

Seawolves 3-0 for the title. 

The Eagles will lose two 
strong performers to gradua- 
tion in senior captains 
Danielle Pini and Lisa 

The Eagles played a tough 
schedule with three teams that 
advanced to the NCAA tour- 
nament and five regionally 
ranked teams. The team will 
enter next season with high 
hopes as they return nine 

PKoto by Harrison Smitli/Tne Tol 

1 36 Sports and Athletics 

y Harrison SmHn/Xh. 

PKoto by Harrison SmUhTZheTalo 

Women's Soccer 

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' 38 Sports and Athletics 


Team keeps three- 
year winning streak 

By David Rosen 

The streak remains unbro- 
ken. Under second-year head 
coach Laurie Carroll the 1997 
Eagles went 7-0 at the Massa- 
chusetts Avenue field, extend- 
ing the winning streak to 23 
games that started in 1994. 

The Eagles (13-7, 4-3 CAA) 
gave up four of their seven 
losses to top 15 teams and up- 
set No. 20 Georgetown 2-1. 

The regular season came to 
a dramatic conclusion as the 

Eagles went into double-over- 
time at the Mass. Ave. field to 
defeat Towson University 2-1 . 

The season's most solid per- 
former may have been junior 
goalkeeper Stacy Thomas. 
Thomas was named to the All- 
CAA First Team after posting 
a 2.05 goals against average 
and notching six shutouts. 

With Thomas and three of 
the top five scorers returning 
next season, the Eagles have 
reason to be optimistic. 

j\\\ candid pkofos 
L>y Harrison Smi+h/T-ne Talon 

Field Hockey 

Plvrto l ■ I^sy of Sporfs Dnfarii 

Photo by Harriscn Smith/The Tata 

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m-tesy of S poets Jnfo 

T-lioto Lolii'Il'Sv i 

Team advances to 

first NCAA tourney; 

sets school records 

By David Rosen 

The AU women's volley- 
ball team broke eight school 
records on their way to AU's 
first NCAA tournament ap- 
pearance. The Eagles lost in 
the first round of the NCAA 
tournament to #21 Colorado 
State at Washington State 

The Eagles earned the au- 
tomatic tournament bid with 
a five game win over five- 
time CAA champion George 

Mason to win the CAA title. 

As a team, the Eagles 
record, 30-4, and winning per- 
centage, .882, set school 
records and marked an in- 
credible turnaround after the 
12-26 finish of 1996. 

The team set new single 
season team records for 
CAA wins (12), kills per 
game (14.3), hitting percent- 
age (.282), total blocks (384), 
blocks per game (3.2), and 
opened the season 10-0. 

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Wrestling squad 

earns national 

ranking for first time 

By David Rosen 

The wrestling team set a school 
record for consecutive dual meet with 
nine straight wins en route to its first 
national ranking ever and school 
record setting eleven dual meet wins. 
The Eagles (11-4-1, 4-1 CAA) finished 
fourth at the CAA championships be- 
hind two individual champions and 
seven placewinners. 

The National Wrestling Coaches 
Association recognized team accom- 
plishments by giving the Eagles 
enough votes to be ranked 30th in the 

Heavyweight senior Robert Puzio 
(31-7) and 177-pound junior Matt 
Esposito represented AU at the 
NCAA wrestling tournament in 
Cleveland after winning CAA titles. 

The Eagles were led by the four 
highest weight classes in Puzio, 
Esposito, 167-pound senior Bret Ruth 
(19-11) and 190-pound sophomore 
Josh Schroeder (22-12). 

126-pound junior Dave Lombardy 
(14-17) placed third at the CAA tour- 
ney as did 134-pound sophomore 
Aaron Watters (9-17) and 142-pound 
freshman Marc Hoffer (25-14). 

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iSeiziny Ofefearttmifzess 


omg to college in our 


nation's capitol provided us 
with the opportunity to see 
firsthand how the dreams of a few be- 
come the realities for the entire country. 
Aside from its political nature, we also 
recognized Washington D.C. as a great 
international city for the varied amount 
of clubs, bars, restaurants and shops it 
has scattered over its quadrants. We were 
able to experience new cultures and learn 
more about other parts of the world 
through D.C/s museums, particularly 
those of the Smithsonian. 

Sometimes, when feeling nostalgic, 
we would go visit the monuments at 
dusk, watching the sun slowly set over 
our new home known for its power, pres- 
tige and scandals. 


j\LA students show tkei^ p^ide 

and support at vAidsWalk 

By Shannon Burton 

The 11 * Annual Aidswalk in Washing- 
ton on September 21, 1997 began as beauti- 
ful cool day, which was the perfect atmo- 
sphere for the thousands who participated 
in the 10-kilometer walk. American Univer- 
sity showed its support with more than 600 
participants, consisting of students and staff. 
Students for Healthy Decisions coordinated 
the AU group for the fourth year. Fraterni- 
ties and sororities, as well as the Residence 
Hall Association, were present in full force 
to help raise money for the Witman-Walker 

The walk began at 2 p.m. following 
opening ceremonies where the cast of "Rent" 
performed for the crowd. The walk began at 

Joined hands marked a promise to continue 
the fight against AIDS. 



Students for Healthy Decision 

202 885-6429 
Become part of the sj)| 

; n H P 

is JH 

t_Sakingabre ' participants from 

All's Students for 1 isions enjoy the cool 


KJfjaking their voices heard, AU students chant 
and yell in support of the AidsWalk. 

1 62 Metro 

the Ellipse and continued through down- 
town, the Mall, past the Lincoln Memorial, 
George Washington University, Dupont 
Circle and eventually returned to the start- 
ing point. Each walker acquired sponsors 
who donated money for each kilometer k 
walked. "We raised almost $5,000 for the 
Witman-Walker Clinic," said Jonathan 
Russell, captain of the AU team. 

Students participated for different rea- 
sons. Some felt strongly about the fight 
against AIDS, while others wanted to show 
support and get some exercise. 

"I enjoyed getting active in the commu- 
nity and showing my support," concluded 
Jessica Keys, a junior in the College of Arts 
and Sciences. 

Talon File PI* 

*s I favorite activity to pursue while admiring 
the cherry trees is renting a paddleboat out on 
The Tidal Basin in front of the Jefferson Memo- 

lyiie pink and white blossoms of the District's 
cherry trees draw millions of visitors each year. 

Photo by Christina McDowell/The Talon 

(Skerry blossoms sigrval sfart 
of spring, tourist season 

By Mike Kalyan 

Each year, hundreds of thousands of 
tourists invade the area around the Tidal 
Basin to bask in the beauty of Washington 
D.C.'s cherry trees. 

Despite the crowds, a visit to the Mall 
when the cherry trees are blooming is not 
something that is quickly forgotten. The 
blossoming of the white and pink flowers 
are a signal that spring has arrived and even 
native Washingtonians get caught up in the 
excitement of spending the afternoon on the 

Cameras and picnic lunches accompany 
visitors to the Mall, who come to enjoy an 
afternoon outside with family and friends. 
Traffic is a nightmare, so many people use 
public transportation when heading down- 

The blossoming of the cherry trees is high- 
lighted by the District's Annual Cherry Blos- 
som Festival, which starts off with a parade 
featuring floats and huge characterized bal- 

Despite the beauty and tranquility of 
watching the branches blow in the wind, do 
not be tempted to climb on the trees. It is 
against the law and National Park police 
drive around in carts looking for people who 
are tempted to relive portions of their child- 
hood by swinging from branches. 

Another favorite activity that many resi- 
dents and tourists participate in is taking out 
a paddleboat in The Tidal Basin when the 
blossoms are in full bloom. 

Whether picnicing or relaxing, the view- 
ing of the District's cherry blossoms mark the 
official start of spring. 

/The Talon 

t^/he Cherry Tree Walk is a favorite spot to view 
hundreds of trees in full bloom. Food vendors 
offer cool snacks to celebrate the coming of spring. 

Aids Walk & Cherry Blossoms 

D.^S.s monuments and memorials 

irvspi^e both touHs 

By Mike Kalyan 

Every year, thousands upon thousands 
of residents and tourists flock to the Mall on 
the Fourth of July to experience one of D.C.'s 
most exciting events... the fireworks which 
explode over our nation's capital. 

AU students fortunate enough to remain 
in Washington during the summer months 
are not disappointed in the festivities that 
blanket the space between the Capitol build- 
ing and the banks of the Potomac river be- 
hind the Lincoln Memorial. 

This past summer, the National Park Ser- 
vice broke tradition by outlawing alcoholic 
drinks on the Mall. Security checkpoints 
were set up to confiscate any trace of alco- 
holic beverages. 

tJtudents often found the Albert Einstein Memo- 
rial to be the most "visitor-friendly" as they could 
climb into his lap for a picture. 

^fife-sized statues of soldiers adorn the grounds of 
the Korean Memorial and are often praised for their 
amazing facial expressions. 

Is cxnd ^esidervfs 

While the no alcohol policy was en- 
forced, people wishing to be "toasted" trav- 
eled over to the White House lawn for the 
Great American Smoke-out, sponsored ev- 
ery year by the National Organization for the 
Reform of Marijuana Laws. Others enjoyed 
baking in the sun for hours, playing frisbee, 
volleyball or softball or listening to music on 
personal stereos, awaiting the fireworks 
which concluded the Mall's celebration. 

However, the grand finale did not sig- 
nal the end of the evening. Revelers still had 
to make the ardous journey home. Taxicabs 
and busses were a rare sight and the lines 
for the Metro had two-hour waits just to get 
on a train. Those who didn't want to wait 
walked home. 

i~she statue of Abraham Lincoln silently gaz\ 
across the Reflecting Pools from his vantage poi\ 

in the Lincoln Memorial. 

Pkoto l'y J1...-..1. Brawn Tl<. Tolo 

alkiug through the gardens on the National 
Cathedral grounds allows visitors to drink in the 
quiet and beauty of this gothic monument. 

isitors to the Iwo Jima me- 
morial, located in Arlington, 
are often treated to wonderful 
awe-inspiring visual displays 
of the statue catching the sun 
at just the right angle. 

Plioto by 3acob B«nWTV\e Talon 

Memorials & Monuments 


t_yTLttempting to reach the top, Eli Barlow searches for 
hand and foot holds during his climb. In addition to the 
footpaths, Great Falls also offers challenging cliffs to scale. 

PKoto by Mike Ka\yan/1 he Talon 

C\eW\ ncj back to v\c\\i\^e.\ 

s+uderv+s ervjoy +^k to 6\^eat Palls 

By Jacob Brown 

Washington D.C. has a lot of sights and 
sounds within the city, but very often, people 
forget around the beautiful scenery right in 
AU's backyard. Twenty miles down 
MacArthur Boulevard leads you straight to 
the entrance of the Maryland side of Great 

Great Falls is a 15-mile long stretch of 
waterfalls and rapids, hiking trails and bike 
paths. As a national park, there is a $4 fee for 
entering the park, but it covers three days or 
can be exchanged any time during that pe- 
ri vear-long pass for another $11. 
land side of Great Falls is cov- 
ered; narked bike paths and hik- 
ing trails. range from .3-mile long 
simple walk; > 4.2-mile long ad- 
vanced trails, v\ . . dudes hiking over 
rocks and through water. For the real expe- 
rienced nature enthusiast, you can even 
kayak from the Maryland side to the Virginia 
1 66 Metro 

side of the park. 

There are many islands located in the 
general area of the waterfall, but the 
Olmstead and Falls Islands have boardwalks 
that allow you to trek deep into the water- 
fall while still staying on the protective 
paths. At the end of the Falls Island board- 
walk, visitors are treated to a panoramic 
view of Great Falls, enabling them to grasp 
the immensity and beauty of this natural 

Great Falls, Virginia has more scenic 
overlooks because it is a few hundred feet 
higher than the water level of the falls. How- 
ever, getting to this side of the falls first re- 
quires a drive to Virginia and entering the 
park from there. 

Surrounding all of Great Falls are restau- 
rants, visitor information centers and 
restrooms. If you decide to go hiking, you 
may want to bring your own water because 
there are no stands to purchase refreshments. 


£/reat Falls has lots of wildlife and, because it is a national park, all the 
animals are protected from hunters. 

^She Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs along the full length of Great 
Falls and straight into Washington D.C. 

l J truggling to advance her position, Jennifer Gauck 
pulls herself up by using the natural cracks in the 

Photo by /Mike- Koly^/Tke Tclo 

■:. •' " . -^— - ■ 

t^/he picturesque walking paths 
at Great Falls are a great place for 
hiking and getting back to nature. 

Great Falls 

\Dheap drink spa . to watch the 

game makes Sports nt watering-hole 

for sports-mii u 

iSlind iten path, Lulu 's has a variety 

of drink specials that rival the many other popular 
spots in Georgetown. 

-Z^aper Moon offers a nice place to relax, espe- 
cially with large crowds, which is why it is a popu- 
lar site for greek functions. 

Photos by ^)a<zoh> Brown & /Melissa 
CaKvnacozzi/TTke Talon 

1 68 Metro 

Drink or dance: students focused 

on their evenings 

By Shannon Burton 

"What's going on tonight?" This ques- 
tion echoed throughout the campus almost 
every day of the week. Many AU students 
chose to spend their nights at a club or bar. 
A variety of bars beckoned to students 
heading out for the evening. Georgetown, 
with its plethora of bars, was often the choice 
of many students. Every place from Garret's 
to Champion's to Sports Fan provided stu- 
dents with refreshment as well as a lively at- 

spent off campus 

Dupont Circle is an area with everything 
from casual bars to trendy spots. 

"The Brickskellar is great to go to with 
friends for a drink because it has beers from 
all over the world," said Annalisa Rosmarin, 
a School of Communication senior. Cafe Asia 
is great if one is in the mood for Saki and the 
Big Hunt has a laid back atmosphere. Xando, 
a coffeebar, opened this past year and offered 
the opportunity to make-your-own S'mores 
while drinking a cup of coffee or a beer. 

The Black Cat, 9:30 Club, The Bayou and 
Capital Ballroom were a few places to choose 
from in D.C. that offered live music. For a 
good time on the dance floor, the CityPaper 
ran full-page ads stating that clubs Earth and 
Decades were the place to be. Still, fliers cov- 
ering the front of Mary Graydon Center in- 
formed students of other hot spots like Odd's 
and the Cellar, which were also popular with 
the AU crowd. 

&/he Alamo, known for its laid-back atmosphere, 
attracted students from Georgetown and George 
Washington, in addition to AU, because of its lo- 
cation offM street. 

Clubs & Bars 1 69 


\D\ose to campus, the Cineplex Odeon 4000 theater pro- 
vided many a night's entertainment for students who lived 
on or near the university. 

Pilots by Mike KnlyaiiATIieTalcm 


irvrver cxna movie 


provided erv+eHaimng evervirvgs 

By Shannon Burton 

AU students sometimes found them- 
selves in a pleasant dilemma in trying to 
decide where to eat dinner 
from the hundreds of restau- 
rants which blanket the Dis- 
trict. To be safe, many chose 
their favorites because they 
knew what they were getting 
themselves into. 

"For margaritas, there is no better place 
than Cactus Cantina," said senior School of 
Communication /School of Public Affairs 
lajor Jess Scheer. "They're open late 
and t -inks are stronger than Guapos. 

Deli i he strawberry swirl." 

When iplan, a senior in the 

College of ces, wanted to eat 

out, she went to El I« chio because "it had 
great food and reminded me of home." Still, 
others chose The Cheesecake Factory, which 
has slightly more expensive prices, but was 
1 70 Metro 



The $2.50 admission 
fee can't be beat..." 

. f/onicti -fat/t, 


still a popular place to dine. This year, Wrap 
N' Roll Cafe opened in Tenleytown, entic- 
ing students with its bright decor and 
"wrap" fad, but most stu- 
dents saw it as only a fad. 

Movie costs posed an- 
other slight problem. Rising 
ticket and rental prices forced 
many students to flock to The 
Foundry in Georgetown to see films. 

"The $2.50 admission fee can't be beat," 
said senior School of International Service ma- 
jor Monica Lam, "and it's cheaper than rent- 
ing a movie, though the screen isn't that big." 
The most popular theater in D.C., the 
Uptown, always attracts a large crowd. Its 
huge screen and speaker system made pay- 
ing the ticket price a little less painful. 

Theaters closer to campus also appealed 
to students. Cineplex Odeon Tenley and 4000 
Wisconsin Avenue had a large selection of 
movies that changed just about every week. 

(jactus Cantina, known for its strong margaritas and excellent cuisine, 
provided tex-mex fare at reasonable prices. 

f I rap N' Roll Cafe which opened late in the fall semester, gave students 
the chance to participate in the "wrap "fad, pita-like dishes stuffed with meat, 
spices and vegetables. 

PKoto L-v a,%l,i,„ McDowellACIieTalo. 

^yt nother favorite restaurant, The Cheesecake 
Factorx/, offered delicious food and excellent 
cheesecake. Students, however, only went there 
occasionally because of its higher-than-average 

PKotobyMiUe IC,ly., 1 ,/llwT l ,L.i, 

iAsA the Jtciff? 

c ff¥tat was the 6est 

mooiejjou saw this 


"Devil's Advocate" because the 
swirling painting was so trippy. 
- jacob Brown, 
SIS 99 

"Good Will Hunting" because it 
reminds me of every memory I 
have of Boston. 

SOC '99 

"Contact" because it was inter- 
esting and had a great plot. . . at 
least until the end. 

SOC '98 

tJeeing movies at the Cineplex Odeon Uptown 
was a great experience every time due to its hug< 
screen and sound system. 

Movies & Restaurants 

Poultry of cJuly festivities cal I ed 

thousands to tke Nc\Y\onc\\ ]\Ac\\ 

By Mike Kalyan 

Every year, thousands upon thousands 
of residents and tourists flock to the Mall on 
the Fourth of July to experience one of D.C.'s 
most exciting events... the fireworks which 
explode over our nation's capital. 

AU students fortunate enough to remain 
in Washington during the summer months 
are not disappointed in the festivities that 
blanket the space between the Capitol build- 
ing and the banks of the Potomac river be- 
hind the Lincoln Memorial. 

This past summer, the National Park Ser- 
vice broke tradition by outlawing alcoholic 
drinks on the Mall. Security checkpoints 
were set up to confiscate any trace of alco- 
holic beverages. 

- 1 Mike Kalyan/Tke Talon 

(Jrowds got progressed. By the 

start ofthefiren „ e remained be- 

tween the Capitol ami < Memorial. 

kSL group of students take a moment to relax at 
their "camp site" while waiting for other friends to 

1 72 Metro 

iS tying to find a place to throw the disk, tour- 
ists and residents sometimes scouted out less- 
populated areas to pass the day away with 
sporting activities. 

While the no alcohol policy was en- 
forced, people wishing to be "toasted" trav- 
eled over to the White House lawn for the 
Great American Smoke-out, sponsored ev- 
ery year by the National Organization for the 
Reform of Marijuana Laws. Others enjoyed 
baking in the sun for hours, playing frisbee, 
volleyball or softball or listening to music on 
personal stereos, awaiting the fireworks 
which concluded the Mall's celebration. 

However, the grand finale did not sig- 
nal the end of the evening. Revelers still had 
to make the ardous journey home. Taxicabs 
and busses were a rare sight and the lines 
for the Metro had two-hour waits just to get 
on a train. Those who didn't want to wait 
walked home. 

Photo by MiUe Kolyan/TKeToJon 

«_>///? hill on which the Washington Monument 
sits was the first area to fill up with people who 
wanted the best seats for the fireworks. 

KS f lags flying around the Washington Monu- 
ment rippled throughout the day when cool 
breezes wafted over the thousands of people sit- 
ting on the Mall. Mike Kalyan/TU&Xalon 


Pkoto by Mike Koltfan/TkeTalo 

'ave Patton, a graduate student, gets cre- 
ative with a beer bottle and smoke bomb I 
heading down to the Mall for the day. 

Fourth of ]uii 1 73 


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very dream needs a little help 
in becoming a reality. We 
were fortunate enough to 
have a dedicated group of individuals 
that provided us with the details on how 
to reach our own goals. 

The Office of Student Activities gave 
us the information we needed to plan our 
events, as well as helped us out with any 
questions we may have had. Without their 
guidance in planning events such as 
Homecoming and Midnight Madness, or 
trying to hold SC elections or forums, we 
may not have been able to pull these 
events off and our college years would 
have been somewhat empty. 

The school deans helped us by guid- 

ing our education, and the administration 
tried to bring all facets of the school to- 
gether into one university. We may have 
designed our own dreams, but w 
a little help in making them rea 


e. lAnive^sify 
j\cl m i v\ i sti^citi o n 

Sewjomin Laclne** 

University President 

Cornelius Ke^wif 

University Provost 

C\ci\\ flanson 

Vice President 
of S tuden t Services 

Vice President 
of Enrollment Services 

Id My^^ 


i llilC-t, 

L-\nc\c\ Nelson 

Vice President 
of Development 

1 76 Admin 





1 ! l 



1 . - . 





CJvy 13 >*ode>* 

Dean of Academic Affairs 

Dean of Students 

Dean of the School 
of Communication 

Louis C\ooc\w\cxv\ 

Dean of the School 
of International Affairs 

Dean of the School 
of Public Affairs 

-Howard Wciohtel 

Dean of the College 
of Arts & Sciences 

Stevon -Holmbe^gj 

Dean of the Kogod College 
of Business Administration 

1 80 Administration 




J r 

J c 

Xl\e Ofji ce 
of Student ;Ao+ivi ties 

Room 200 Mary Gray don Center 


Director of Student Activities/ 
Student Union 

Coordinator Coordinator 

for Student Media for Clubs and Activities 

& Governance 

David Dalbeo 

Accounts Specialist 

nCasella Danny Kelly 

dinator Coordinator 

for Community Service for Greek Affairs 

1 82 Administration 

£ffaren ffe/Jac/i^geti a /utg 
at t/ie S(j £7rcmsitiofi @e/*emofW/. 



Junior Sonja Gavakna 


in Atlantic City, NJ as Miss DC 

Professor Michael Graham 


Senior Mary Klima 

was the recipient of the 1998 president's award. 

Double major in Business Administration/Law & Society. 

Member of the Women's Basketball team, with national recognition. 

Congratulations also . . . 



1 84 Administration 






v ou will never be forgotten. . . 

1 86 Administration 






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^/C Q^t^eam (jom& £/7%i& 

■!,-:■' ■■^•■y 


fter years of exams, papers, 
all-nighters, internships, 

activities and social events, 

the 1997-1998 Senior Class said goodbye 
to their undergraduate years at The 
American University. 

Despite the fact that these seniors were 
leaving behind an intense, but important 

part of their lives, they realized that it 
was time to move on. They remembered 
their first year of college and the goal of 
graduation that they had then. Now, they 
had to create new goals and new dreams 

to plan their futures. 

Although they might never see each 

other again, the times they spent together 

will be forever etched into their dream 


and memories. 

Am) Jiis 


Courtney R. Abbott 


Reuben B. Ackerman 


Elizabeth M. Alford 


Jennifer L. Alford 

Dnterv\ationa\ Studies 

John J. Allen 


Sara M. Allinder 

Political Science 
& Sociology 

Bronwen J. Alsop 

Dntewxationa] Relations 

Stefanie R. Altman 

CTntemational Studies 

Juan Jose Amell 

tional Studies 



Rebecca on 

Cz-COY*iOW\\C TKt 

1 90 Seniors 

Heather M. Andrews 

Spanish/Latin ;Amei»iccm Studies 

Stacy F. Antonucci 

justice & Political Science 

Matthew A. Aporta 

Victoria M. Asarnow 

£\ew\ey\\avy ^Education 

Asan Askin 

JntemcrHonal Relations & 
Women's and Genci&f Studies 

Aaron S. August 

Business jAdministvation 

Victoria M. Axarlis 

dementaty (Education 

Kedest Baharu 

CWemational Pinance 

Jamon E. Bailey 

(2cm\pi\+e.i*UnfortncMon Systems 

Caroline A. Balazs 

CJntemational Studies 
& Economics 

Lee D. Ballin 


James A. Barnet* 

Political Science & < 


Je ton 

i idcasi . ,. ■umalism 

Janice B. Bashford 

Political Science 

Benjamin A. Basloe 

Maria A. Basso 


Deb Beaudette 

international .Affair* 

Ma'ayan Becker-Reshef 


Matthew C. Beckwith 

C7nte»*national "Relations 

Tomas A. Bermudez 

international £conomics 

Thomas A. Bezas 

Business, "Political Science 
& Co\\\iv\.uy\\coX\OY\ 

'ca Bodie 




1 92 Seniors 

Sarah J. Bookman 

Broadcast Communication 

Alison C. Bourque 

C7nte»*national Studies 
Apolitical Science 

Mary Elizabeth Bowles 

Ciove**nment & 
CJntemational Studies 

Kelly Boynton 

CTntemational Studies 

Laura D. Bracken 

yVudio "Technology 

Benjamin A. Breard 

■political Science 
& CWemational "Relations 

Damien L. Brockmann 

Jntemational "Relations 

Christine N. Brosonski 

Law and Society 

Sharon A. Brown 

Tkeater & Visual J^A&dia 

Miguel A. Buitrago 

^Economic TKeo>y 

Nerissa V. Buivan 

Broadcast ^Journalism 

Courtni Y. Burleson 

Law and Society 

Seniors 1 93 

. sh 


Cristina Cabrera 


Michael A. Campanile 

CTntemational "Relations 

Cristina S. Canto 

(Snv'ironmental Science 

Susana Carbajal 

"Political Science 

Veronica Cardenas 

PsycKology & Political Science. 

Kimberly L. Carlson 


April R. Carson 


Laura A. Catelli 


Timothy C. Caton 

Political Science & ]_iteratM>*e 

Tracy L Cazeault 

l_a\v ■ ;. ->c\ety 

Ranya ;maou 

CWemational A^a»^<eting| 
& Jntemational ./Management 

1 94 Seniors 

Gabriel I. Chernoff 


Chanda H.Y. Chin 

■UntemcvKoi-val Stwdies 

Young S. Cho 

JrvtemcvHoKual yW»i4<etmg 

Christopher A. Chrisman 

■Political Science 

Laura M. Cirello 

Ft»enclA/Westem (£-i\vope. 

Brian M. Cohen 


Matthew J. Cohen 

CWemational JV\aAieting 

Alison E. Cole 


Kellie J. Conley 


Cara R. Conlin 

.Law and Society 

Jennifer C. Conner 

Public Communication 

Caryn Corsello 

>I7ntej»national 7W' 




.. ,iSe»*vice 

Courtney D. Cramer 

■International Relations 

Brian J. Crandall 



Kyle R. Cruley 

Political Science 

Joseph B. Dailey 

Politico! Science & -History 

Zeina O.E. Dakak 

Public Communication 

Colleen E. Daly 

Political Science & -History 

Erica I. DeBruyn 


Renee N. DeLuca 

Public Communication 

a J. DePaulis 



Public Comm 


ISi:?vi.-; -,jii 

1 96 Seniors 

Frances E. Dizon 

Dnformation Systems 

Hubert Y. Dobson 

Visual TVAedia 

Leemor N. Dotan 

"Public Communication 

Marc A. Dwares 


Rocio E. Echeverri 

Business .Administration 
& international Communications 

Robert B. Eckhardt 


Jason D. Efthimiou 


Eric J. Eikenberg 

"Political Science & CXj£XD\ 

Elizabeth A. Eldred 


Lauren M. Ellentuck 

Public Communication 

Ryan A. Eppenberger 

Political Science. & -History 

Megan N. Espenshade 

T-oreign L-anguacfe 
and Convnunioati-: 





Christa J. Fanelli 

CJntemational Studies 

Rebecca Farley 

Jntemational Studies 

Zachary A. Feingold 

Law and Society 

Joshua B. Feldman 

CTntemational ]*AaA<efinc) 

Victoria A. Filiaggi 

Law and Society 

Cristin E. Fiorelli 


Dean E. Fischer 

Political Science 

Julianne K. Fisher 

'Political Science 

Gina M. Flacco 

' : nc) i&l-i nance 

Latin . 


Jeffrey L. 


1 98 Seniors 

Amy P. Fox 

"Public Communication 

Virginia Franchino 

AAai^keti ng 
& CMtemational Management 

Stephen J. Franzke 


Deirdre L. Frawley 

Political Science- 
Si Pwbl ic Communication 

Danielle R. Frucci 


Nicole M. Fuller 

Publ ic Communication 

Jacob L. Fults 

Dntemational "Relations 

Roy L.M. Gaitan 

Jntemational Relations 

Tracy M. Gammage 


Jody R. Garland 


Annette K. Gatten 

Politics & Ciovemment 

Tracey L. Gavin 

P^ , i^-\t3 OM ^ Tla ^' s,1 '- 

1 99 

■in iimi " *t 



Matthew J. Geller 

,]Jitstice«& Political Science 

Mitzi V. George 

Political Science 
& Public Communication 

Scott C. Ginnetti 

dementa»"y (Education 

Drew B. Giventer 

Political Science. 

Heather Golde 

David B. Goldman 

Computer CJnfoi*mation Systems 

Guillermo Gomez-Gonzalez 

CJntemational ,AAa nagement 
& CTntemational Relations 

Jennifer B. Goodman 

Public Communication 

\. Goodman 



Political Si 

200 Seniors 

Amie S. Green 


Daniel R. Green 

"Political Science., 
CJ_eG& -History 

Terrance W. Green 

Visual Acedia 

Johanna M. Gregory 

^Environmental Studies 

Adam S. Grossman 


Sigrid U. Gruener 

international Studies 
& Economics 

Laura L. Gundert 


Scott D. Gustetter 

Steven M. Guttman 

Public Communication 

Lena R. Habboush 


Stephanie Hajatian 

international Studies 

Todd H. Hall 




Creszentia N. Handoko 

Public Communication 

Nikolaos T. Hanley 

Danielle A. Harms 

Jntemational Studies 

David Harris 

Finance & A^a^keting 

Hafizul H. Hassan 


Caroline N. Hegedus 

Law and Society 

Alyson H. Herman 

Public Communication 

Monica M. Herring 

Broadcast ^Journalism 

Rachel A. Hershenson 




Tanya L 

Foreign L<:> 
and Communication /Vledia 

202 Sen 


George T. Hogan 

international Finance 

Kate S. Hoover 

y\merican Studies 

Jennifer J. Hopkins 


Kimberly A. Horn 

"Political Sc-i&nce. 

Erin P. Howard 



Drew E. Iddings 


Akiko Ikada 

Graphic Design 

Ashley Iser 
Tamas Jakab 

international T-i nance 

Leana M. Janney 

elementary education 

Christina M. Jarvis 

Environmental Science 

Jody E. Jessup 

international S+< 


J. E Johnson 

:C\\ Studies 

Lorena K. Jordan 

Jnternational Business 

Uday V. Joshi 

^Environmental Science. 
& .international Relations 

Tara A. Joyce 

Coi-nputer Conformation 
Sy steins 

Jeannie M. Kain 

dommwni cation 

Kristin Kaineg 

Grapkic Design 

Michael P. Kalyan 

"Print ^Journalism 

Alida Kane 

Uberal Studies 

Deborah Kaplan 

^Environmental Policy 

Nelly S. Kardakova 

i^d Society 


xwi Cc 


Tara Ka& 

Public Communication 

204 Seniors 

Leor M. Kass 

^International /\f|ai»*s 

Michael A. Kaufman 

]V\aA<etiv\g &PAat\agernen+ 

Brendan P. Kelleher 

d-j£Ck & "Political Science 

Holly Kelleher 

Haim D. Kenig 


Julie M. Kessler 


Erik P. Khoobyarian 

CXjEXIa & Political Science 

Eunsong Kim 

Studio yVt 

Jung-In Kim 

Computet* Science 

Moon-Joung Kim 


Mary C. Klima 

"Finance &. JLaw and Society 

Mindy B. Kogan 

Law and Society 

Sb jnigsberg 

: cononiics 

Tamaki Koyama 


David I. Krikstone 


Diego Kuri 


Eri Kushimoto 

Maya D. Lachman 


Lara E. Lack 

^International ./Marketing 

Ilisha K. Latto 


Martin J. LeBlanc 

{Environmental Policy 

vid M. Lefort 






206 Seniors 

Marc D. Levitt 


Brian H. Liebman 


Jason T. Liechty 

.Dntemational Studies 

Y. Viki Limaye 

Jntemational Studies 

M. Guadalupe Lizondo 

Visual (ZanM\\\Mr\\ca\\ov\ 

Carla M. Lochiatto 

By-odd casting 

Debra J. Lockwood 

■political Science 

David Y. Lombardy 

Marci R. Lorber 


Steven E. Lott 

Business ;Administr»ation 

Christine E Lum 


Tamara L. Lyday 


SENIOfi 207 

Kelh samen 

icii Studies 

Peter L. Mahon 

Computer Sciev\ce. 
and CJnfomAation Systems 

Jeff Majka 

<Sconoi-»iic TKeo»*y 

Janet A. Malabarba 

Jntemational Studies 

Jeremy Malin 


Kristin M. Mannino 


Katerina M. Manousakis 

CJntemational Set*vice 

Melissa E Markowitz 

.Applied Statistics 

Todd H. Manner 


L. Marmor 



Political Science 

208 Seniors 

Akiko Matsumoto 

CJntematicmal Busiuess 

Molly A. McEwan 


usie A. McFadden 

Kathryn E. McLeod 


Kristine M. McMahon 

Visual ^Vledia 

David M. McMaster 



Amy M. McNulty 

Communications & Visual 

Richard J. Mereand 

Jntemational Studies 

James D. Messina 

Visual 7V\edia 

Ann L. Mikols 

"Political Science 

Elsa M. Militello 

Broadcast journalism 

Jamie E. Miller 

.Untemational St ' 

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John W. Moravec 

CJntematioi-ial Studies 

Erica J. Morton 


Ruben B. Mota 

Sociology & Secondary (Education 

Melissa A. Moyer 


Mindy E. Myers 

Political Science 
& Women' s and C\&nc\e.v Studies 

Manisha S. Nagrani 

'Political Science 
& Public Coi-Minunicatioii 

Celia N. Najera 

.International Studies 

Vivek C. Narayanan 

international Studies 
& 'Political Science 

T. Nichnowitz 




2 1 O Seniors 

Chieko T. Noguchi 

Political Science 

Carolyn A. Nolan 

Computer C7nfo>*mation Systems 

Kevin J. Nolan, Jr. 


Elin A. O'Hara 

CTntemational Studies 

Ian J. Oliver 

T-renck & SC7S 

Anthony P. Oliveri 


Salvatore D. Olivo 

Political Scieiice 
& Public Communication 

Joshua M. Omin 


Sunil M. Oommen 

Trench & £ Studies 

Megan E. O'Reilly 

Political Sc\e.v\ce. 

Allison D. Orr 
Matthew S. Pacinelli 

Political Science 

Seniors 211 



Andres D. Parker 

"Political Science 

Jennifer L. Parker 


Dawn R. Pedersen 

■Political Science 

Manuel C. Pena-Morros 

CWemcvHoi-ial Business 

Marney H. Peterson 


Tiffany N. Peterson 

CJntemcvHoiicil Studies 

Danielle M. Petroff 

^Account! ng 

Betsy S. Pieser 

Jntemational AAaeketmg 

Stephanie M. Pillar 





212 Seniors 

Alex A. Podaras 

Compute** .Unfoi-mation Systems & 
Business .Administration 

Laura E. Pohl 

Communication & Social Cl\ang& 

Ana Mercedes Polanco 

Law and Society 

Jamie P. Polon 

Business .Administration 

Jacqueline M. Pressey 

Cxei'cise Science/Health Pitness 

Lauren D. Rabin 

Public (ZoirytiMOVCCniion 

Rima Rahman 


Gita O. Rassekh 


Lori A. Reifschneider 

•international Studies 

Sybille Reinke de Buitrago 

.International Studies 

Matthew E. Renkey 

International "Relations 

Jessica F. Reyes 


Seniors 2 1 3 



Jennifer M. Richardson 

Law and Society 

Robert S. Richman 

"Political Science. 

Elizabeth E. Riordan 


Anna Robins 

T r ot A eign Language 
and Communication ]\\ea\\a 

Elan D. Rosenberg 


Eric H. Rosenkranz 

Computer Cnfomvation Systems 

Paulo D. Rossetti 

T-i nance 

Cynthia B. Rowley 

Political Science 
& Public Communication 

M. Rudofsky 



Political J 


214 Seniors 

Beth V. Samberg 

Law and Society 

Olivia C. Sanchez 

CJnternational Business 

Kelly J. Sanford 


Jessica A. Sarra 

international "Relations 
& T~ore\gn \-av\gv\ageJy\v&a Studies 

Adina J. Sasson 

Enterprise yVtanagement 

Jayne A. Schapiro 

Visual TVledia Communications 

Jess D. Scheer 

"Political Science 
& Print ,3 cmr ' K,cl '' sm 

Jennifer E. Scherz 

"Print ^Journalism 
& Political Sci&nce. 

Brian W. Schmierer 

international J\Aanageyneni 

Lynn C. Schneider 

(Elementary education 

Susan M. Schneider 


Adam T. Schramek 

Political Scien 





Barry P. Schwartz 

Jntemational Pincmce 

Brett A. Sears 

Russian y\rea Studies 

Allison Seidman 


Thomas P. Sellevaag 

(Elementary education 

Jennifer A. Serrano 

CJntemational ^Marketing 

Nathan H. Sevilla 

Broadcast .[Journalism 

Jill E. Shapiro 
Julie L. Shaw 

Law and Society 

Nigel Shaw 



Women's and Cv 

216 Seniors 

Lauren M. Silk 

Public Communication 

Julie L. Simon 

T-Vi nt 5owma I i sm 

Douglas P. Singer 

CJntemational Studies & C\em\an 

Ryan M. Sitter 

international Studies 

& Fit 

Stacey-Ann E. Siu Butt 


Allison B. Small 

Public Communication 

Jenifer N. Smith 


Jennifer D. Smith 

Public (Zowwnuvii cation 

Nathan W. Smith 


Neale E. Smith 

Visual Acedia 

Mark J. Sowa 

■History & PHilosopky 

David P. Sparano 

CTntemational ^Aainag 

Seniors 2.1 7 



John R. Spicer 

Visual Acedia 

Tamra A. Spielvogel 

{Sn\'ir"onmental Studies 

Michael Spira 

■History & Political Science. 

Nicole M. Spore 

international Studies 

Kristen D. Stec 

international Relations 
& Women's and CSendev* Studies 

Eric D. Stich 

Graphic Design 

Megan A. Stout 

^International Relations 
& Span isl\/i_atin .American 


Marc G. Strass 

international Studies 

C. Streff 


Lisa A. 

218 Seniors 

Elizabeth A. Sylvester 

Political Sciervce 

Oscar Szigeti III 

CTntemational Finance 

Elana R. Tapper 

1-\tt>l ic Communication 

Michael Taylor 

.Untemational Finance 

Erica J. Tekel 

•Human Resowtte 

Zachary D. Tellier 

Visual 7V\edia 

Veronique A.P. Thomaes 

Developmental (Education 
in tHeT- > ei*fbi*ming y\t*ts 

Michelle E. Thornhill 


Kim E. Thurlow 

Environmental Studies 

Elizabeth W. Tobbe 


Linnea J. Tocci 


Jaramillo Tomas 


1 .Marketing 

Nicole Tracy 

& jMwsic TKeatve 

Tamara Trapaidze 

Law and Society 

Roseanne C. Trapani 


Alana R. Trubitz 

T'ublic Communication 

Amy L. VanDeCar 

3wstice & Sociology 

Trevor A. Verga 


Vanessa J. Volkmar 

Visual 7Vtedia 

Rhonda L. Vondrashek 

.Untemational ^Marketing 

H. Vu 



Print 3. >i . 

2.2.0 Seniors 

Andre G. Walker 

Liberal Studies 

Dana A. Wallace 


Mark J. Walters 

Political Science 

Hank B. Walther 

Political Science 
& Public Communication 

Lisa J. Wellins 


Jacqueline A. White 

.Untemational Studies 

Jennifer N. White 

CJnteccultut'al don\vniAn\ccA\on 

Stefanie A. White 

Law ancl Society 

Vincent G. White, Jr. 

Law and Society 

Mark A. Wilson 


Serie L. Wolfe 


Karen E. Wright 

C\em\an Stvtdies & Lite 






.is <5t Ue.S\QY\ 

Rebecca R. Wyhof 

■Political Science 
& Public Communication 

Hiromi Yanaoka 

international Studies 

Rachel L. Yardy 

Biology & Language. y\cea 
Studies (pyeKich/^u^ope) 

Jacqueline Z. Yellott 



Kiichiro Yokoyama 


Akihiro Yoneda 

international Studies 

Charity A. Young 


Michael W. Yushak 

international T-iv\av\cet 
& international .AAa^keting 

VI. Zaglio 




Visual A 


222 Seniors 

Jeffrey H. Akseizer 

Visual ,A4edia 

Thomas H. Amdemariam 

Jntemational Studies 

Jonathan D. Aronoff 


Allan C. B. Austria 

7\Ac»*keti ng 

Michael Boudreau 

^International 7\Aad<eting 

Elizabeth A. de Guzman 

Computet* Jitfamiation Systems 

Hannah K. Dober 

international Relations 

Cara D. Doe 

.Applied .Mathematics 

Andrew C. Gratz 

Political Science. 

Katharine Halbing 

LatinjAmeWcan Studies 

Momoko Hotta 

David Jaroslav 





tl i\age. 
... ..\n\caiion ]\Ae.d\a 

Angela M. Lower 


Brian W.Miller 


Kimberly A. Miller 


Scott W. Robinson 


Amy Ruth 

Diane K. Schindhelm 

Dntei'naViona\ Studies 

Dinara N. Seijaparova 

Jntematioi\al Finance 

Neal A. Sharma 



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224 Seniors 

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t~/T group of international students, self-dubbed "The Mexican Club, " during a night on the town 
at the Mexican embassy. 

Seniors 225 

C/ieather Wagner gives the student address during Commencement exercises for the School of 
International Service. Wagner also served as Student Confederation secretary during her senior 

?/vt le/a/de/r L &/iifr man/tie^ 
la/bout? tfi&j//eswr. . . 

226 Seniors 

is'fJary Klimn is given the 1998 President's Award by Dr. Benjamin Ladner during Commencement 
exercises. Klima also showed that she was just at home on the basketball court as in the classroom. 

Seniors 227 


f ometimes we took it for 
granted that we lived in a 

larger community than the 
one present on AU's campus. The busi- 
nesses and establishments located in the 

area provided us with the basic necessi- 
ties of life, as well as entertainment. 
We will remember renting movies at 

Hollywood or Blockbuster Video, or sip- 
ping our first margarita at Guapos or 
Cactus Cantina. Seniors will always re- 

member the closing of Maggie's and 
Quigley's New Mexico, while freshmen 
will recall the opening of the Wrap N' 

Roll Cafe. 

Not only did these places provide us 
with a respite from campus life, they gave 

us more memories than we could ever 
consciously remember. 

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Senior Me 

Stacy Antojviaccj 
Dear Stacy, 

Congratulations! You went 4.0 it and did 
great. We love you and we're very proud 
on your graduation day and always! 

Mom, Ron, Karen, Stephanie, Ronnie, 
Grandma and Grammy 

Dear Matthew, 

Congratulations on a job well done. Your 
graduation at AU is the beginning of a 
long journey through life's many chal- 
lenges. You now have the tools to conquer. 
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Dear Jennifer, 

Congratulations! We are very proud of 

We wish for you much happiness and 
may all your dreams come true as you 
deserve it. 
Love always, 
Mom, Dad and Heather 

Dear Sandra, 

Congratulations on your graduation! We 
love you and are very proud of you. 
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All our love, 
Mom, Dad, & Josh 

Dear Jennifer, 

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as you are very special to us! We wish you 

much happiness. 


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Tracy C\ammag& 
Dear Tracy, 

Congratulations on your graduation! Al- 
ways go confidently in the direction of 
your dreams. I love you and am very 
proud of you. 

3ot>y Garland 


To a great, level-headed person who i:l 

lots of fun to be around while working 

on deadline. Always keep your sense oj 

humor and sharp wit! 

Have fun! 

Jen & Mike 

SxeveN Cauttmaw 
Dear Steven, 

We are so very proud of you. 
Mom & Dad 

Dear Stephanie, 
Today is your day. 
You're off to great places! 
You're off and away! 
We love you, 
Mom, Dad, Alexis, Erika & Michael 

Davod +-Iarros 

Congratulations on your graduation! 
You were a lion throughout college, anc 
will continue in business. We love yoi 
and are honored to have you as our son 
Mom & Dad 

Elliot, Lisa, Sara, & Shayna 

Hal 1_. Wcuzoa 

Dear Hal, 

Congratulations on your graduation! W< 

love you and are very proud of your ac 



Mom, Dad and Eileen 

Dear Uday, 
For our sunshine 
Who brightens every day 
Whose rays light up our way 
Mom, Dad, Ajit 

mory Lines 

Dear Michael, 

Success is achieved by making your 

dreams come true. 

Congratulations on your graduation! 


Mom & Dad 

Dear Deborah, 

Congratulations on your graduation. We 
know you worked very hard these past 
four years. We love you and are very 
proud of you. May all your wishes be 
Mom, Dad, Mark, and Grandm 

Dear Haim, 

Congratulations on your graduation! 


Mom & Rachel 

Dear Iris, 

Congratulations on your graduation. 
We love you and are proud of you. 
Mom, Dad, Christopher & Jackie 

cJuLje KessusR 
| Julie, 

We are very proud of you. Always follow 
your dream. 
Dad, Mom, Mark, Fred, Alyssa and gang 

Emok Khoobyarjaaj 

Dear Erik, 

As always, wishing the best for you. 


Dad, Mom, Kristin & Stepen 

Brjam Kohler 


Yo, you were the coolest roommate I ever 
had . . . and one of my closest friends. Con- 
gratulations on graduating. You are now 
qualified to plant shrubs. Stay orange and 
don't forget Herbbie. 

DeBRA Lockwood 

Cherish your dreams, 

Hold tight to your ideals, 

March boldly to the music that only you 

can hear. 

Great lives are built by moving forward, 

Never by looking back. 

From Life's Little Treasure Book on Hope, 

by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

Dear Debi, 

We are so very proud of you and your 
accomplishments! Our heartfelt congratu- 
lations! We will always be here for you! 
Mom, Dad, & Sebastien 

dill SsS&s?* 

Kei-l-Y <£. A^AGSAM<£M 

Dearest Kelly, 

Our love for you and our pride in your 

accomplishments know no bounds. You 

came through the fire to the other side - 

with grace and style. The world is yours 

- seize it. 

Mom, Kate and Michael 

Dear Jeremy, 

Congratulations on your graduation! 

We love you and are very proud of all 

your accomplishments. 


Mom, Dad & Robin 

KRJSxaAie McMahom 
You have always been the sunshine of our 

Best of life is to come. 
Mom & Dad 

Jam 3« Oj_aveR 
Dear Ian, 

We are VERY proud of you. 
Mom, Dad and Alana 

j\LL3SON T>. Orr 
Dear Allison, 

You clearly are an "American" beauty! We 
are so very proud of you. Congratula- 
Mom, Dad & Scott 

£la^ RoseAJBeRG 
Dear Elan Rosenberg, 
Congratulations on your graduation! We 
love you and are very proud of you. 

Mom & Dad, Matt & Barbara Rosenberg, 
and Daniel R. 

CyMTf iaA RowLey 
Dear Cynthia Rose, 

You have accomplished so much the last 
four years; now, enjoy the results. 
Love always, 
Your proud L I Mom 

Davctd Rmbjaj 
Dear David, 

Congratulations, you did it! We love you. 
Your greatest fan club, 
Grandma Beatrice Rubin 
Grandpa Harold Fisher 
Mom & Dad & Emily 


Hey, have fun in the real world. Ha ha! If 
you're ever down South, don't forget to 
look me up. A round of chess and a z is 
always welcome. 

JaC ° b I ti±L 

.Amy <£• Ruth 

Congratulations, Amy Ruth 

I knew you could do it, I just thought I 

would beat you there. Congrats & good 


I am proud of you, 


Good luck!! You deserve the best, you've 
earned it. 
Stay smiling!! 

Best of everything. I am so proud of you. 

To Mamy: My bestest babysitter, way to 


Success continues to follow yo'?! 

gratulations and see you in 


Uncle Dave & Marianne 

Senior Memory Lines 2.AQ 

Senior Memory Lines 

Congrats! Finished at last, for now at 
least. ??Grad. School?? Good luck on the 
future and all the wonderful things yet 
to come. 
Deb & Rick 


Congratulations on completing your first 
phase of schooling. For the record, we are 
proud of you and think you made the 
right choice by your decision to study in 
London. We're sure you benefited from 
the experience. Best of luck in the future. 
Julie & Lin 

Congratulations! You've done it & did a 
great job. I am so proud of you & love 
you very much. 






cJessacA Sarra 
Cher Jessica- 

Felications! Tu es no tre lumiere brilliante. 
Souviens - toi que nous t'aimons. 
Mama et Papa 

L-Yajm C. ScHNecrDeR 
Dear Lynn, 

Congratulations on your graduation. We 
love you and are very proud of you. We 
know your future will be bright! 
Mom & Dad 

Dear Jen, 

Congratulations on your graduation! We 
love you and are very proud of you. 
Mom & Dad & Jess 


Thanks for all your help and late nights 
at The Eagle. We love you! 
Christina & Melissa 
Eagle Photography Editors 

250 Senior Memory Lines 


Congratulations on your achievement 

and thanks for all the help. Best of luck 

in all you do. 


Sam Garrett 

SPA '00 

^eMM^FeR C Sm YD<£R 
Dear Jenny, 

Congratulations! You have so many rea- 
sons to feel special pride on your gradu- 
ation. You're determined to succeed and 
make the most of everything that you 
have learned. All your hard work, perse- 
verance and motivation has indeed 
pushed you to the top. We're so proud of 
your so many achievements and accom- 
Mom, Dad & Kim 

Tamra A. Spaei_voci£L. 
Dear Tamra, 

Congratulations on your graduation! We 
love you and are very proud of you. 
Mom & Dad 

ttJ ODD 

Oscar Sz: 
Dear Oscar, 

We want to congratulate you on your 
graduation. We hope you know how 
proud we are of you. 
Mom, Jack and Kathryn 

£Xaaj a T^ppeR 

Congratulations! We're proud to share 
this moment with you. 

Mom & Jackson, Diana & Jason, Eric & 
Jeannine, Grandma & Papa 

2 acm AR Y TeLLaeR 
Dear Zack, 

As Kurt Vonnegut never said (but Mary 
Schmich wrote), "Always wear sun- 
screen... Be kind to your knees... Don't 
feel guilty if you don't know what you 
want to do with your life." 

It's been a long four years, and we know 
you've worked hard. We're all very proud 
of your accomplishments. Congratula- 
tions and Slainte! 

Mom and Matthew, Dad and Lauren, 
James, Dan, Hannah and Sam 

VeRcwcjQue A.TfiOMyves 
Dear Veronique, 

Congratulations on your graduation! 
We love you and are very proud of you. 
Mama & Papa 

To our Dearest Alana, 
Put on your favorite dream and fly... 
Mom, Dad & Uval 

]\Aa~ct±\(£\\> ;A. WeaAJBeRG 
"Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of 
all knowledge." 

May your life be filled with poetry al- 

We love you Matt, 
Mom and Dad 

Karcm Wex 

Dearest Karen, 

Congratulations and three cheers for your 


We know you will be productive and 

newsworthy in your bright future!! 

We love you and are extremely proud of 



Mom and Dad 

Mark A- Wdlsopj 

Dear Mark, 

Congratulations and Best Wishes! 

Be yourself and be happy! 


Dad, Mom, & Dennis 

For information on placing 

a senior memory ad, please 

contact The Talon office at: 

(202) 885-1422. 


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;Ander*sonHall renovations (F*emembe**tke ►'ooms and batk**ooms?) 
• A^^^y <Mr*aydon renovations and +Ke removal of "tke tj*ee /; • XKe 
closings of ]K\r. fiend's, A^ggi^s' and Ouigleys' • J_ive ciiad 
Deeelite playing 3ender • David 3pade and l^ita l^udner • "~X\\e!' 
^American University • tke incident on tke J_.y\. a,uad witk Public 
Safety • tke "Hugkes "Hall elevators tkat neve»* seemed to work 
perfectly • Working in tke old television studio building • Tke "Star 
Wars Trilogy" re-release at Tke lAptown • fire alarms on tke A)ortk 
side every nigkt • terrorist attacks on tke law sckool • 

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Tke -\998 Talon Staff 

Michael Kalyan 

Editor in Chief 

Craig Hein 

Editorial Managing Editor 

Jacob Brown 

Business Manager 

Melissa Cannarozzi 

Photography Managing Editor 

Jared Pinkos 

Campus Editor 

Melissa Marion 

Clubs & RHA Editor 

Carrie Murdock 

Clubs & RHA Editor 

Carmen Iezzi 

History Editor 

Christina McDowell 

Photography Editor 

Crystal Wicker 

Photo Assignment Editor 

Joshua Trager 

Assistant Photo Editor 

Nevine Younes 

Graphics Editor 

Dave Rosen 

Sports Editor 

Amy Tram 

Production Staff 

Stephanie Good 

Production Staff 

Justin Cameron 

Staff Member 

Maya Mikhailov 

Staff Member 

Eli Barlow 

Staff Member 

Amanda Hammerman 

Photography Coordinator 

Chris von Spiegelfeld 
Staff Pho tographer 

Harrison Smith 

Staff Photographer 

Kathleen Gaffney 

Staff Photographer 

Jim Rainey 

Da Vor Photography Advisor 

Randy Kilgore 

Walsworth Publishing Advisor 

Karen Gerlach 

Student Activities Advisor 

The 600 copies of the 1997-1998 Talon were printed on 100# Monarch Gloss paper by Walsworth Publishing 
Company 306 N. Kansas Avenue, Marceline, MO 64658. The 262-book was assembled by the Talon staff, which 
consisted of volunteer undergraduate students from The American University, using desktop publishing pro- 
grams Adobe Pagemaker 6.0, Adobe Photoshop 4.0.1, and Microsoft Office 98. DaVor Photo, Inc., 654 Street 
Road, Bensalem, PA 19020-8507, the official yearbook photography studio, was responsible for taking the senior 
photographs, as well as helping with candid photos and developing. Scholastic Advertising, 660 Exchange Place, 
Lilburn, GA 30047 solicited the professional advertisements for The Talon. 

The theme "From Dreams to Reality" was chosen for its meaning to all college students, from freshmen entering 
a new stage in life to seniors completing that phase and striving towards their future goals. In order to better 
represent this theme, the fonts Snell Roundhand and Copperplate Gothic seemed to fit the emotions which 
surround the theme. "The Big Chair" picture, depicting AU students celebrating the Fourth of July on the Duke 
Ellington Park chair, was taken by Mike Kalyan to show the lighter side of college, while Christina McDowell's 
"President Clinton" picture, taken at a press conference on higher education, was chosen to show how 
responsiblities in life create opportunities for future dreamers. 

The four-color, brite silver embossed cover was originally designed by Michelle Tilley, Walsworth Publishing 
Company, and Mike Kalyan, The Talon, using the following specifications to show how dreams often mesh with 
the realities of life: 9x12 satin laminated, Kivar 7 Performa Chrome stock with a caracul grain.. 

Room 228 Mary Graxjdon Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016 

EIC/Business Manager: (202) 885-1422 Office: (202) 885-1420 Photography: (202) 885-1427 Fax: (202) 88 

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'^And +ke days flew by, like pap&r in tke wind/ 
(Sve^y+king ckanged... and +ken cv\cmge.a again 

— ~Com "Petty 

Carrie says: 

To all my friends.. . I love you! 
You have made All my home. I 
will always remember all that 
you have done for me, espe- 
cially Michele and Becky. Love 
to AEO also; you have become 
a second family. 

254 Staff Pages 

Melissa says: 

I want to give a shout out to the 
Spring '98 Chi Omega pledge 
class. You rock my world! Jenny, 
Alx3, Danielle, and Jason - 
thanks for making my freshman 
year complete. Love you guys! 
Luck & success to all, go All!! 

i~77m/iA.<i to: 

The Talon, Eagle & HC staff are a phenomenal part 

of my AU career. I thank my Saviour, parents, fam 

& best friend Cherice; Tat, Tasha & Ray-HBs 4ever; 

Mara & Jen (Cloves)-Puerto Rico '99!; Chi Omega; 

GSA pals-Desiree' & Kemie 4 making summers fun; 

Torrie-Never 4get the Artist live; Top Knotch, Shaw, 

Tara, Brie Cheese, Chad, Liz, Ana, Sylvie, Celina, 

Christina, Alyssa, Rob, Reza, Julia, Rick, Paul, 

Bradley, Maleka; Miss U Raisa, Lee, Ryan, Jonathan. 

"Everything can be taken away from man but one 

thing. choose one's attitude in any given set of 

circumstances"-Viktor Frankl. 

Everyone in my life has significantly contributed 2 

my being. Thru U, I've truly realized more about 

myself as a daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, & 

person. My realities are but dreams 2 others, my 

life. ..a continuous learning experience. I can finally 

see that my countless hours of hard work have been 

worthwhile.. .only one more year 2 go! Te quiero 

mucho y "May U Live 2 See The Dawn." 

Luv always, 

Assignment Editor: 








Joshua [fggggg 

Have a wontferfu! Summer 

anj 1 hope that you enjoyetf 

the year as much as I have. 

Staff Pages 255 

Senior Photography Editor 

(Z\\AsY\nc\ JSAcDovo^W 

J7+ s beerv a -fabulous year yALA. . . 

Thanks to: Steve for always saying it was a good shot, no matter how blurry it was; Amanda for last minute advice; 
Harrison for his awsome (camera) body; to the only other girl who will never be part of the flock, Melissa, thanks for 
showing me how it's done; Mary for a quick getaway; and Public Safety, which really knows how to handle "the press." 

- Christina 

256 Staff Pages 

Photography Managing Editor 



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For the many long nights in MGC proper... 

The Eagle 

Thanks to Christina McDowell for giving 200% all the time, to Steve Lott for 

remaining upbeat & positive, but agreeing with US when we weren't, to 

Dave Rosen for being a big fan of the photography department, to Amanda 

for giving me good advice & helping me through all the jams, to Brad for 

being such an intense Ass during deadline, to the Jen(s) I couldn't have 

done it without you, to Tito & the damn trumpet. Robbie Waaaaa forever! 

Thank you fellow staff members. 

Tlie Talon 

Thanks to Mike for the constant support, to Craig for just being you, to 

Jacob-damn Pikes--who started off as a potential foe, but became a friend. 

MGC 3 

To Amy K. for believing in me, to Marissa-thanks for the competition, to 

Mark T— you are the man!, to Iwan & Dave Wright for your inspiration, to 

Nate Dog for never giving me a chance. 

Staff Packs 2,57 

258 Staff Pages 

Indicated to A4ickael Paul Kalyan, Talon (Editor \n (Skief 


Jen & Mike dressed for a night on the town 

Mike currying our hometown flag for graduation 

Here it is. First off, everyone needs to know that Mike did the impossible (or at least it 
seemed so) this year. The theme of this book, From Dreams to Reality, truly encompasses 
everything about this year. When Mike assumed position, he told me his dream for his 
yearbook. Amazing pictures, artistic layouts and color page designs created a wondrous 
image in my head, but the reality was much harsher. 

This book almost didn't come out. Almost. Major financial and computer problems 
obstructed so many of our dreams that at times, I myself had begun to question our goal of 
producing a yearbook. But Mike assumed the responsibility, and he would never let his 
senior year pass by without this book. He just kept busting through the roadblocks like a 
D.C. towtruck crazy off goofballs. 

Even more astounding: 
Mike brought The Talon to profitability for the first time EVER!!! 

Great Job Mike. You have been an amazing 

editor-in-chief, and a true friend. This 

university, the Talon staff and I owe you our 

gratitude & thanks for turning a harsh, bleak 

reality into your dream of the 1998 Talon 



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Senior Year... 

< lt///t/ttes\'9/' Oce/ies 
Housemates from Houston • Independence Day with the 
Big Chair • The Light Show in the Living Room • The 
Header from the Porch • The Deadly Garage Door at 
4100 • Vie Ever-Spontaneous Up to the Beach • Tfie 
Dead Battery • Glover Park Meteor Shower • Sunrise 
in the National Cathedral Gazebo • A Return to Alban 
Tozvers • Rush Hour Frisbee • Workshop of Dreams • 
Georgetown Canal at Moonlight • 4100 Madness • 

at The American University 

weaker, Nature.; Nature. 


Dear Parents, your continuous love, guidance and encouragement provides me with many priceless opportuni- 
ties and experiences. Wlien I need your advice and wisdom, you share your knowledge, steer me in the right 
direction, and show me the road that will be most prosperous. As I grow older, I begin to discover paths of my 
own with which you may not be familiar; I understand that when you watch me pursue them, it may be difficult 
(not because you don't trust me, but because you only want the best for me) and you are unsure what lies at the 
other end. Thank you for trusting me and giving me the freedom to experience those paths; it feels good to know 
you will be there to support me in my decisions. You have been the bestest parents. I love you always and 
forever. To my friends, I never knew so many amazing things could happen in four years. Four down (but 
thanks to you) one more to go! :) 

Staff Pages 26 1 

Cwe^ and out. . . 

D can't believi \ itsh« dl When 3 was stressing out in the (ungle of papers, photographs and proofs that wasXhe Xalon office during deadline,, 

a good friend of mine ioLi me that this book/ once completed, would be one of the great achievements of my life. 

-He was totally right- • • acimn htm. Sat D had a great time getting here anyway. For only a select few who worked oy\ the book/ C? think that it ii\med 
out greajt. <Uts very difficult to keep a positive outlook when fate keeps crashing your computers/ scanners keep breaking and pages keep getting 
corrupted, but those who dedicated themselves to the yearbook are the ones who pulled me through- Xhank you all (you know who you are). 

The cotMze.p+ of this book was my own dream; the produci you are holding in your hands is reality. 3 hope that you enjoy it. Look at it one day when 
reality seems too overbearing. Xake a trip back into your memories of college ana to some of the best years of your life. D know D will. . . ana maybe 
D'W even truss it. -However, there are many people that D must thank for their help in making my dream a reality. 

Xhank you to: 

A4y family - thank you all for your love Si support through a great experience in my life.ybu always let me make my own decisions, even though 
they might have run contrary to what you believed, ana you supported me anyway. .Lots of love... 

3**cob ~ where the hell to begin? Di all started when O asked you to take care. ofXheXalon computers and it somehow escalated into a 
Kusiness .(Manager's position. For not knowing what a Business J\Aanager did, you learned quickly ana always impressed me at just the right 
moments. For someone D hardly knew, we banded together to produce a damn good book ana became the best of friends in the process. D'm 
surprised that we didn't kill each other with all the late hours spent in the office. .U'll always remember taster 3aturday '9T with Dave ana Cr-li 
walking aroundThe AAoJI looking at the cherry blossoms and the plover T^ark baseball field when we saw the meteor shower with 3 en, ~^-hose were 
truly nights to remember! ^Memories of the Fourth of D^Y' Garfield House, Vintage Virqinia ana the garage door at 4-100 when you moved in will 
always cheer me have an excellent future ahead of you, ana D hope you'll always retrain one of my best, successful ana mellow-est friends. 
.Stay in touch c\nd stay kind. 'you can'i do that. Karma can only be apportioned out by the cosmos."* 

JJen - to another ayna2\ng friend that followed me around from house to house. Living with you is something that J7'll never be able to forget, even 
if D tried! you know my deepest, darkest secrets and will probably become very wealthy off the blackmail money J7'll have to pay you io keep quiet! 
JJust rememoer though/ D know just as much about you! yMways remember to close your door in the morning and your windows at night. \fou never 
know who's go'in^g to be home from work sick. We spent a lot of time doing random thinqs and finding them funny. ■ ■ tartlets, moist, chumbawumba... 
to name a few. you will always remain one of my closest friends, even if you're halfway across the work! or country. D'W remember you for the rest 
of my life! Df you ever find out what soft peaks are, let me knowl "Duff beer for me, Duff beer for you, D'W have a Duff, you have one too!"* 

Dave, Brian, Si <Sli - to the greatest housemates who ever lived. Living with you guys in the Garfield House was definitely cxn experience. 
yMways ref-nember watching the sun set over Washington from our"marathon-esque"loeation on top of ;AlbanXowers and the parties we had.Xlv 
&ag\e party's Jamaica will never die! "Huh, huh/ huh... the walls are melting again!"* 

Jv\y talented staff - you saw almost as much of me as my housemates did. you were young and untested, but you braved the hordes of computed 
crashes and screaming editors to become experienced journalists. (Z\ood luck with next year. 

Craig - thanks for do'mg the job that no one wanted, or even really respects until the final produci is produced. V ow '^ do inst fine as long as yon 
rememoer your name and where you are.Xhe rest comes easy. 

^Melissa, Christina A^manda - thanks for all your help and smartass remarks. . . it (node those long, tedious niqhts much easier to handle. 3 uS * 
remember that sexual innuendos are not always appropriate, but .U'll always remember your better remarks! 

3teph - thanks for always telling me that it will be okay and that if will look great. D'W never forgeA breakfast or late niqhts spent in MC-aL- , 
dancing in the A'tarketplace and watching the sunset while swinging. "D'Oh!"* 

A^au^eeiA, Taylor, & Krister - D'W always remember tl\e trip to the beach. ■ . the fruit stand where we stopped for a snack, the sand castle and 
playing with the Frisbee, getting the car jump started when the headlights drained the battery, and the seafood restaurant where we gorged on fl\e 
way home. J7t has been a great experience hanging ou\ with all of you! "D bent my wookie!"* 

Jv\aya &Trish -Xhere will always be a batch of"4100"waiting for you. . . iust don't forget the coconut milk and tequila! 'VVl'nmm. . . forbidden donut.'* 

3i«^ Rainey, Randy Kilgore, 3oy 3oley, & Karen C^erlach - tl\ank you for your gtvidance and support. Xhe job was a lot bigger than D 
expected, but you always gave the right advice! «Ut was a pleasure working with all of you. 

fv\y colleae professors (especially senior year) - thanks for understanding that D just couldn't make it to class every sinqle time because of 
deadline and for giving me an educc\tion that will take me where D want to go in life. 

A^erryyVlendelson, Sciy\c\y L\na-ar, C\lenn Flarnden, Wendy Williams, Wendel (Zochvcxvx Si the rest ofSOO-a special thanks goes toyou.Vou 
armed me with a degree and the knowledge to use it. For that, D will be forever grateful. Vou all have my deepest respect and admiration. 

The 420 seniors who had their pictures taken - this book would not have been possible without a successful senior class. D dedicate this book 
toXhe .American 1/lniverstty Class of 1998 and all the memories we have shared together-. 

Xhe Office of Student .Activities, A^ick Cllis, Tom .Myers Si C\ai\ ^\ans>ot\ - you gave me the chance to do this job (both through completing 
paperwork and offerii about financial aid). Slaving the job allowed me io discover my limits and then how to surpass them. 

A^y friends at The Cagle (both past and present) - D learned many skills and how the- university works though your office. D will also fondly 
remember watching the sun i -ise - ifter < in all-nite Sunday production session. We had breakfast then, but later on were home in time for "The X-Files. 

j\nd lastly... this book would not have been possible without the- help from the people in the circus -that's for you, JTen. Always remember those 
nights with our friends from AJBC (remember: only watch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays... otherwise, it's fust pathetic)! 
* Random Simpson % Quotes loafer auys A +l\ai\l<s for all Hw memories; 

Pfi? <; P l 'f/iA-€ Blessed cxvxd dedicated this day 

Sunday, October 25, 1998 at 4:20 p.m. 


Walsworth PublisMng Company 

306 North Kansas Avenue / Marceline, Missouri 64658 USA